What is VA WARN?
Virginia WARN is a Mutual Aid Response Network for Virginia Water and Wastewater Systems.
The mission of the Virginia Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (VA WARN) is to provide a method whereby Virginia water and wastewater utilities that have sustained damages from natural or manmade events could obtain emergency assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, materials, and other associated services as necessary from other water and wastewater utilities. The objective is to provide rapid, short-term deployment of emergency services to restore the critical operations of the impacted utility.
Following the impacts of Hurricane Katrina, it became apparent that even with the extraordinary efforts of utilities, water associations, and state regulatory agencies, the demand for resources and knowing where those resources were available overwhelmed the ability to effectively coordinate the initial response.
The Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association (VA AWWA) and the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) have joined together to be an advocate for and to support the Virginia Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (VA WARN).