America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) – Section 2013

Water systems serving a population of 3,301-49,999 (including satellite customers) must complete a Risk and Resilience Assessment (RRA) by June 30, 2021 and an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) by December 30, 2021 or six months after they submit their RRA, whichever comes first.

AWIA does not require the use of any standards, methods or tools for the RRA or ERP.  However, to comply with the federal law water systems must evaluate six required elements in their RRA:

Additionally, to further comply with the federal law, water systems must address four elements in their ERP:

To assist water systems in Illinois comply with these requirements, the IRWA has developed the following templates (in either Microsoft Word or Excel formats):

wordlogoRRA Template Word
RRA Template Excel
wordlogoERP Template Word
ERP Template Excel

Upon completing the RRA and the ERP, you must submit a certification of completion to the U.S. EPA (not Illinois EPA).  Currently, the U.S. EPA has provided three certification options for both the RRA and ERP: 1) regular mail; 2) email; or 3) secure online portal.  Please be aware that the use of the online portal is the only method provided where you will receive acknowledgement that the federal government has received your certification.  Follow the links below for additional information on certification:

How to Certify Your Risk and Resilience Assessment or Emergency Response Plan | Drinking Water and Wastewater Resilience | US EPA

Certification of Community Water System Risk and Resilience Assessment in Compliance with America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (epa.gov)

Certification of Community Water System Emergency Response Plan in Compliance with America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (epa.gov)


For more information on RRA and ERP see the U.S. EPA website at:
Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans (epa.gov)


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Phone: 217-287-2115

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Email: ilrwa@ilrwa.org

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