The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovative Technologies Institute LLC (ASME-ITI) have developed the first risk and resilience management standard designed specifically for water utilities.

The J100 standard was released July 1. The Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAM-CAP) method is designed to help water and wastewater utilities identify potential threats to U.S. water infrastructure and prepare for or mitigate damage.

Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in May, the manual addresses hazards from terrorist attacks to natural disasters with a new RAMCAP methodology. It calculates the probability of a malevolent attack using an innovative approach based on actual incidents as well as the probability of a specific natural hazard occurring at a facility and asset and utility resilience capacity.

AWWA and ASME-ITI have also partnered in developing a training program for the J100 standard to provide utilities with a functional understanding of the all-hazards RAMCAP method and how it applies to the water sector. The training was launched in late July through AWWA's E-Learning platform at www.awwa.org/standardJ100.