WAWARN is a Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network that allows water and wastewater systems to receive rapid mutual aid and assistance from other systems in an emergency. Utilities sign the WARN standard agreement which then allows them to share resources with any other system in Washington that has also signed the agreement.
EPA has developed a new video to increase water sector awareness of the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) initiative and attract new members to existing WARNs. Entitled “WARNs in Action”, the video illustrates the types of events in which the mutual aid networks have been utilized and emphasizes the importance of water sector coordination during an emergency. Interviews with WARN representatives provide detail on particular benefits of WARN, explaining how the programs have reduced response time and saved utilities money during emergencies.
The video can be found on the WARN Home tab of the Office of Water's Mutual Aid and Assistance webpage.
If your utility hasn't filled out the membership application:
For more information, please contact your regional or statewide chair (contact info on Committees page)
Based on other AWWA models, WAWARN is designed to provide a utility-to-utility response during an emergency.
The WAWARN Web site does this by providing its members with emergency planning, response, and recovery information before, during, and after an emergency. As the nationwide WARN system expands, it will become easier to provide mutual aid to other states as needed.
EPA Small Water Systems are a vital component of WARN. This PDF resource describes the impact that small systems have on the strength of WARN.
AWWA's website for Utilities Helping Utilities. Keep track of the progress on the national front. Website provides access to data and other resources associated with WARN.
WARNs in Action
The WAWARN member who needs help identifies the resources needed to respond. The WAWARN member can either directly contact a fellow WAWARN member who has the necessary resources or use a state specific process of requesting aid.
Through the WAWARN Web site, a member can request emergency equipment (pumps, generators, chlorinators, evacuators, etc.) and trained personnel (eg. treatment plant operators) that they may need in an emergency.
There is no obligation to respond. It is up to the lending utility to determine if resources are available.
During an emergency, the process and procedures to give and receive assistance are governed by articles in the WAWARN agreement. The agreement covers issues such as requesting assistance, giving assistance, reimbursement, workers’ compensation, insurance, liability, and dispute resolution.
WAWARN agreements do not require a local declaration of emergency. Statewide programs do not include private utilities; WAWARN agreements do. Statewide agreements are managed by the state emergency management agency; WARN is managed by utilities.
The WAWARN program provides its member utilities with:
There are two sides to this Web site. The public side is open to anyone to view. This side gives you basic information about WAWARN and how to join.
The second side, the resource database, is only open to members who have signed the agreement, and it is free!