EPA hosting America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) Office Hours

Rural Water News ,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host AWIA Office Hours to answer questions that small-sized (serving a population of 3,301 to 49,999 people) community water systems (CWSs) have on completing and certifying their AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment (RRA) by the upcoming June 30, 2021 deadline. While Section 2013 of AWIA does not require the use of any standards, methods, or tools, EPA Office Hours will focus on the resource that EPA developed to aid small-sized CWSs in complying with AWIA RRA requirements, the EPA’s Small System Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist.


Office hours will be held in 45-minute sessions from June 1-30, 2021. There will be Group Office Hours for CWSs that only have a few questions, and Individual Office Hours for CWSs that have many questions. Everything discussed during office hours will remain confidential.


AWIA Background: AWIA Section 2013 requires community (drinking) water systems serving more than 3,300 people to develop or update RRAs and Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). The October 23, 2018 law specifies the components that the RRAs and ERPs must address and establishes deadlines by which water systems must certify to EPA completion of the RRA and ERP. Please visit EPA’s AWIA website for more information:

AWIA Risk Assessments and Emergency Response Plans

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If you have questions, please contact us at dwresilience@epa.gov.


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