EPA Training on Risk and Resilience Assessments

Certifying Risk and Resilience Assessments

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a 10 minute video on how to certify preparation of the Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans required under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA). Link to video:


Training for Preparation of Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans

EPA is hosting eight one-day training sessions across the country focusing on community water systems serving population sizes 50,000-99,999 (training sessions can be attended in-person or via webcast; training sessions are scheduled in March, April and May 2020). The training sessions are open to water systems serving any size population.  Link below is to EPA page to register (to attend in-person or via the webcast).




The AWIA was signed into law in October 2018.  The AWIA included a requirement that community water systems serving a population greater than 3,300 update their Vulnerability Assessments (VA) prepared under the 2002 “Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act.”  Under the AWIA the updated VAs are referred to as Risk and Resilience Assessments.  Community water systems are also required to update their Emergency Response Plans (ERP).

Upcoming Deadline.  Community water systems serving a population greater than or equal to 100,000 must certify to EPA by March 31, 2020 that they prepared the Risk and Resilience Assessment.  Six months after that (September 30, 2020), those systems must certify to EPA that they prepared an updated ERP.

Deadlines for other sized systems:

  • 50,000 to 99,999 population: Risk and Resilience Assessment certification due December 31, 2020, updated ERP certification due June 30, 2021.
  • 3,301 to 49,999 population: Risk and Resilience Assessment certification due June 30, 2021, updated ERP certification due December 31, 2021.
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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.