What is UTWARN?
The UTWARN (Utah Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network) is a network of utilities, helping utilities respond to emergencies and disasters. Our mission is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual assistance matters for public and private water and wastewater utilities.
Who formed it?
The Organization was formed by a Steering Committee made up of large and small system representatives, Utah Division of Drinking Water, Utah Division of Water Quality, Utah Department of Homeland Security, the Rural Water Association of Utah, the Intermountain Section of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association of Utah.
What are the benefits of membership?
The UTWARN is an organization for emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual aid. Participation is voluntary but recommended for many reasons. At the very least, the organization is a no-cost insurance policy granting members access to statewide resources in times of need. Becoming a member not only increases the emergency preparedness of facilities but also provides for reimbursement protocols.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a utility request assistance in an emergency?
The member who needs assistance first identifies the resources needed. They can then either directly contact other UTWARN members or go through the UTWARN administration.
Are member utilities required to respond to an emergency?
No, response is voluntary.
How does a utility join?
First, the utility’s attorney needs to review the UTWARN agreement, which cannot be modified. Then the council or board of the utility must ratify the agreement. A signed copy of the agreement must then be sent to Rural Water Association of Utah.