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Utilities Helping Utilities

What is IOWARN?

Iowa's Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network is the formalized system of "utilities helping utilities" to deliver mutual aid following major emergencies. Infrastructure will consist of a network of public and private utilities, a steering committee, a web-based communication system and a practical mutual aid agreement designed to reduce bureaucratic red tape in times of emergency. [Download our brochure (pdf)]

Benefits of IOWARN

IOWARN Supporters

  • No cost to participate
  • Increased planning & coordination
  • Enhances access to specialized resources
  • Single agreement provides access to all member utilities statewide
  • Expedites arrival of aid
  • Administrative conflict is reduced
  • A list of emergency contacts & available resources is provided
  • Consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • American Water Works Association
  • Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
  • National Association of Water Companies
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
  • Water Environment Federation


To promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response and mutual assistance for public & private water/wastewater utilities.

Your community is depending on you!


Iowa disasters such as the 2008 flood in eastern Iowa and F5 tornado in Parkersburg, along with events such as 9/11 and Hurrican Katrina, have highlighted the need for water and wastewater utilities to create intrastate mutual aid and asisstance programs.

IOWARN puts you in touch with the people who know how to help: Other Utilities



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