Inspector General Finds that EPA Met AWIA Requirements but Needs to Improve Oversight


According to a recent report from EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Agency generally met the water system security requirements in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) but needs to improve its oversight of the systems. The report found that EPA did not provide adequate oversight to ensure the compliance of water systems—particularly small water systems—with AWIA requirements. Specifically, EPA did not maintain accurate contact information for water systems, publish guidance regarding enforcement actions against noncompliant water systems, provide sufficient assistance to support small water system compliance, or review the quality of the risk and resilience assessments and emergency response plans.