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AWIA: America Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Section 2013 of America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) requires community water systems that serve more than 3,300 people to complete a risk and resilience assessment and develop an emergency response plan.

Important Deadline dates: June 30, 2021if serving 3,301 to 49,999 for submitting a certification of Risk and Resiliency Assessment
                                         December 30, 2021 if serving 3,301 to 49,999 for submitting a certification of Emergency Response Plan

Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist for Small Systems

This guidance is intended for small community water systems (CWSs) serving greater than 3,300 but less than 50,000 people.  Community water systems serving less than 3,300 people are not required to conduct risk and resilience assessments under AWIA, however, it is recommended that these systems use this, or other guidance, to learn how to conduct risk and resilience assessments and address threats from malevolent acts and natural hazards that threaten safe drinking water.


EPA Tools and Resources:

AWIA Factsheet  This document provides an overview of the new requirements, deadlines, frequently asked questions and information concerning resources and tools. Access at

Baseline Information on Malevolent Acts for Community Water Systems (CWSs) - This document provides baseline information on malevolent act threat categories and corresponding threat likelihoods relevant to drinking water and wastewater systems. Access at

Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool Web 2.0  This updated version of the Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool assists drinking water and wastewater systems in conducting an AWIA-compliant Risk and Resilience Assessment. Access at
Emergency Response Plan Template and Instructions  This updated emergency response plan guidance provides a template and instructions for drinking water systems to develop or revise an AWIA-compliant Emergency Response Plan. Access at

Online Certification System - This online portal allows CWSs to certify completion of the Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plan online and receive reminders. Access at

EPA Video link for certification process:

AWIA Section 2018 Information:

                    AWIA: Risk Assessment and Emergency Response Plan Requirements Training Presentation

                    AWIA Section 2018 Frequently Asked Questions

                    AWIA Section 2018 EPCRA Fact Sheet

                    State Tier 2 Reporting Requirements and Procedures

                    EPA EPCRA Regional Contacts

                    State Emergency Response Commission Contacts 

MRWA Tools:  Emergency Response Templates (SVA/ERP) downloads:

    Directions: Click on the following fillable PDF forms; then save to your computer after the file opens.

   pdf Water Systems Security Vulnerability Assessment & Emergency Response Template
   pdf Wastewater Systems Security Vulnerability Assessment & Emergency Response Template

MORE Resources from EPA:

Updated Water Utility Response On-The-Go App
The Water Utility Response On-The-Go App consolidates and makes accessible from the field, information and tools that water utility operators and their response partners may need during an emergency. Downloading Response On-The-Go can help responders and stakeholders increase situational awareness, facilitate coordination, and enhance overall response efforts. Access at
Water Quality Surveillance and Response System (SRS) Capabilities Assessment Tool
This tool helps drinking water utilities identify existing SRS capabilities, assess these capabilities relative to target capabilities, and develop potential enhancements to meet their unique SRS goals and objectives. The tool provides an easy starting point for utilities interested in implementing an SRS. Access at
Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU)
CRWUs Resilient Strategies Guide is a user-friendly introduction to resilience planning for utilities; it provides background material on why and how to build resilience and descriptions of potential utility priorities and strategies, as well as a detailed, customized report built from user selections. The Resilient Strategies Guide produces an export file for use in our Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool to expand work into a more detailed, long-term risk assessment.  The Guide now includes a Funding Sources step, which lists customized funding options based on location and selected resilience strategies. The funding information is drawn from EPAs Water Finance Clearinghouse.
Access at

CRWU Case Study and Information Exchange map has been updated and now contains more than 40 utility resilience-building stories. Access at

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