Dear Water/Wastewater Professional:
Events such as 9/11, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and Hurricane Katrina identified a need for water and wastewater utilities to create an intrastate mutual aid and assistance program. The program can help reduce the impact of such events and expedite recovery efforts.
The Homeland Security Presidential Directive has identified WARN programs that are forming across the country as critical to the nation's infrastructure. A utilities-helping-utilities or peer-to-peer approach to incident response and recovery is the most effective and efficient way to help a utility bring its system back to normal operations within the shortest time frame possible.
A group of Nevada water and wastewater utilities, with the support from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), have joined together to create the Nevada Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (NvWARN), a web-driven, statewide mutual assistance program.
Managed through this website, NvWARN provides immediate assistance for member utilities during an emergency. NvWARN allows water and wastewater utilities to request equipment and personnel to assist during natural or man-made events that impact water and wastewater systems.
As a representative of a Nevada drinking water or wastewater agency, we would like to invite your agency to join this vital program. While there is no obligation for a utility to provide or receive aid, the program provides a tool for use should events dictate a need.
The advantages are many:
NvWARN was originally funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. Today the program is self sufficient through in-kind services. There are no membership fees.