AWIA Drinking Water Updates

Project Detailsx

Client: City of Palmer and City of Kenai

Location: Southcentral, AK

Year Completed:2021


> Engineering Planning & Design


Project Overview x

America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires any community drinking water system serving more than 3,300 people to develop risk and resilience assessments (RRAs) and emergency response plans (ERPs) every five years.

Why? In recent years, water security has become a top priority. Planning for potential risks – such as intentional contamination of the water supply or earthquake damage to a treatment facility – will help communities develop proactive strategies to maintain critical water infrastructure before disaster strikes. Failure to comply with AWIA leaves the community vulnerable to disasters and can lead to steep fines.

HDL worked with the City of Palmer, Alaska and the City of Kenai, Alaska to ensure each community had the necessary RRA before the June 30, 2021, deadline. The HDL team helped the cities assess and prepare for water supply threats and determine appropriate responses to threats. This work keeps the communities eligible for federal funding for improvement projects and protects critical water infrastructure. This ensures these communities can deliver safe, clean drinking water to residents, even during emergencies.