The 2025/2026 cycle marks the second round of America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA), requiring small, medium and large water systems serving to update their Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans. The following summarizes key impacts to the water industry. The full text of this law is available at www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3021/text
Community Water System Risk and Resilience
The legislation requires communities with water systems serving populations great than 3,300 people to assess risks to and resiliency of its systems relative to malevolent acts and natural hazards, infrastructure and cybersecurity, financial infrastructure, chemicals and chemical systems, system operations and maintenance, and capital and operational needs for risk and resilience system management.
Water systems serving populations greater than 3,300 people are required to prepare or revise their emergency response plans through a risk and resiliency assessment. Plans should incorporate findings of the assessments and include plans to improve system reliance. This includes detecting malevolent acts and natural hazards; physical security and system cybersecurity; critical equipment and actions, procedures, and equipment that significantly can reduce emergency impacts.
Choose West Yost for your AWIA assessment to benefit from our unmatched expertise, deep understanding, and exceptional execution. Our team of industry-leading professionals is adept at navigating the complexities of water system compliance, offering tailored assessments that go beyond mere regulatory adherence. We provide comprehensive insights and actionable recommendations, ensuring not just compliance, but meaningful improvements in the resilience, safety, and efficiency of your water infrastructure. With WY, you’re not just meeting standards; you’re elevating the entire management and operation of your water system.
Protect Your Community
We approach each project with a philosophy that goes beyond only meeting regulatory requirements but uses the AWIA compliance process as a tool to identify meaningful changes that can enhance and improve your system’s overall performance and resilience. We see this as an opportunity to do more than just check a box on a list.
We would be delighted to share how West Yost can assist you in this upcoming round of AWIA and propose scheduling a meeting to explore a collaboration and how we can support your compliance efforts in a way that aligns with your needs and goals.