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New Initiatives in Water Sector Mutual Aid and Assistance

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Abstract:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and water sector leaders and associations are working to encourage local utilities in all 50 states to establish state-wide intrastate mutual aid and assistance networks, such as Water/Wastewater Agency Response Networks (WARNs), to enhance water sector preparedness and improve emergency response. The “Utilities Helping Utilities” concept behind WARNs allows drinking water and wastewater utilities to quickly obtain emergency assistance such as personnel, equipment, materials, and services from one another during response to and recovery from natural disasters or human-caused events.

The number of states with WARN agreements has more than tripled in the past year, based in part on extensive support by EPA through the development of work products and outreach, including EPA's presentation on WARN at WEFTEC 2007. EPA continues its collaborative efforts both to encourage more states to develop WARNs and provide additional tools and resources for established WARNs.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864708788809040

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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