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Emergency Response Group

Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Background

On April 10, 2019, representatives from the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under the Department of Homeland Security made a presentation regarding the various services that agency provides.

• Those services include emergency telecommunications assistance, cybersecurity assistance and infrastructure security assistance.

• The services CISA provides are at no cost. Thus, as participating districts and companies approach the new requirements under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, CISA’s services may be of great benefit to PWAG-ER agencies.

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“America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018″ – Updated May 2019

The “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018” (“AWIA”) was signed into law by President Trump on October 23, 2018. AWIA includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2018, contains funding provisions for the State Revolving Fund and WaterSense programs, addresses source water protection and imposes revised reporting requirements. Among the most significant changes in AWIA (as discussed below), is the replacement of vulnerability assessments with a new report, and a new requirement for systems serving populations of more than 10,000 that they must prepare Consumer Confidence Reports twice each year.

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