Risk & Resilience

Preparation Increases Resilience

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As stewards of public health and the environment, water professionals have always been aware of the risks associated with securing reservoirs and wells to protect the water supply, guarding materials at their facilities from theft and sabotage, and planning for routine and extraordinary events. The water sector has embraced an all-hazards approach to security and emergency preparedness that mirrors the multi barrier approach for water treatment.


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AWWA Certificate Program

The AWWA Utility Risk & Resilience Certificate Program is intended to help utilities and consultants working with utilities to apply sound risk and resilience management strategies that will facilitate compliance with AWIA. 

It is based on several AWWA standards and associated resources (G430, G440, J100, and Cybersecurity Guidance) that facilitate compliance with provisions of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, which must be met on a five year cycle.



America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA)

America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018 serves as a catalyst for utilities to evaluate their resilience to risk and to create emergency plans for responding to any unfortunate situations.

Time‐critical is the utility's duty to prepare a risk and resilience assessment and develop plans to respond to a broad range of risks to water systems which include threats of terrorism, natural disasters, and cybersecurity threats to process control systems and financial infrastructure. 

Six months after an assessment is completed, an emergency response plan reflecting the assessment findings must also be completed.

SAFETY Act: A Powerful Benefit to Water Sector

If an organization is exposed daily to catastrophic liability by virtue of the type of work it does, why would it not take every reasonable step possible to protect itself from the legal fallout of a terrorist attack? This is the exact question that drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators across the United States need to be asking themselves.

The true benefit of the SAFETY Act goes to the water and wastewater utility owners and operators, who now have the ability to receive critical third‐party liability protections for the implementation of AWWA standards at their facilities.


Water Sector Resources Typing Manual (AWWA, FEMA, 2019, 108 pp, PDF)
Planning for an Emergency Drinking Water Supply (EPA, AWWA, CDM, 2011, 51 pp, PDF)






  • J100 and Asset Management (Water Infrastructure Conference, 2019)
  • Water Harvesting for Flood Mitigation (ACE India, 2019)
  • Assessing the Localized Flood Vulnerability of Regional System (Sustainable Water Management, 2019)
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response for Resilience (Water Infrastructure Conference, 2018)

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