Understanding America’s Water Infrastructure Act

Held Tues. March 23, 2021

The America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) was signed into law in 2018. This act requires water system managers and operators to prepare planning and assessment documents for a range of operational and risk response measures. For water systems that serve between 3,300 to 50,000 the deadline for the Risk and Resilience Assessment is June 2021. Join this webinar to learn more about the AWIA and the requirements many communities must meet to stay compliant.

Topics covered include:

  • Understand the elements needed to complete Risk and Resiliency Assessments, and Emergency Response Plans
  • Learn first-hand the process to create an ERP and RRA, from the project engineer and the water utility
  • Discuss how these assessments can inform capital improvement planning and funding strategies
  • Examine the certification process and understand the steps
  • Appreciate the role of a robust cybersecurity approach to protect your water system

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Jason Mercer

Jason Mercer, PE, brings over 20 years of water and wastewater experience to his leadership role as Water-Wastewater Market Group Leader. He has designed and managed projects throughout the Northwest. Jason has enjoyed various leadership roles in Morrison-Maierle and is now focused full-time on providing water consulting services through a dynamic team at Morrison-Maierle.

Craig Nowak

Craig Nowak, PE, is a Senior Water-Wastewater Engineer and the Great Falls Office Operations Manager. He was recently honored with the 2019 American Water Works Association, Montana Section, George Warren Fuller Award. This is the highest award an engineer can receive in the field of water engineering.

Mikaela Schultz

Mikaela Schultz, EI, is a civil engineer with the City of Great Falls Engineering Department. In this role she has been involved with a variety of municipal infrastructure projects, from planning and funding acquisition to design and construction administration. She is currently managing two projects of note, a major upgrade to the City’s water treatment plant and the water system Risk and Resilience Assessment/Emergency Response Plan.

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