The EPA has released new risk and resilience requirements (not so new for community drinking water organizations that complied with the Bioterrorism Act of 2002). AWIA expands the hazard basis of your vulnerability assessment to include natural hazards and rapidly emerging threats to cyber security. This all hazards approach is an expansion from the previous standard or malevolent human acts only. Your utility must conduct a risk and resilience assessment and submit certification of its completion to the U.S. EPA by the following dates:
- March 31, 2020 if serving > 100,000 people
- December 31, 2020 if serving 50,000-99,000 people
- June 30, 2021 if serving 3,301 to 49,999 people
BPS has the knowledge and experience to help you comply with these new requirements as we have for many other community water establishments.
The security experience that BPS has developed over the years has been very evident during our meetings and work sessions and we feel that this has provided an invaluable perspective in the unbiased assessment of our vulnerabilities. It is clear that the Geneva Office of The New York State Health Department is also very pleased with the draft summaries of work completed to date. The health department has even gone so far as to suggest that our VA and ERP may in fact become the prototype for similar documents that must be prepared by other small to mid-sized water systems in our area.