Wisconsin Section
American Water Works Association


"Utilities Helping Utilities"

Welcome to the Wisconsin WARN Site


Please click Masks for Water and Wastewater Utilities to request facemasks via the Wisconsin WARN program.


The Wisconsin Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WIWARN) is comprised of "utilities helping utilities" in our state that can respond to and recover from emergencies by sharing resources with one another. 

Our mission is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response, and mutual assistance matters for public and private water and wastewater utilities for natural and man-made events.

Realizing that Wisconsin utilities need an effective, efficient and safe way to avoid litigation when sharing resources, leaders in the water community and state agencies have joined together to create the Wisconsin Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network or WIWARN. 

WIWARN is governed by a common Mutual Aid and Assistance agreement (MAA). The WARN agreement allows utilities to share resources in a more expedited way, compared to other mechanisms that require a formal disaster declaration. The agreement spells out how liability, workers’ compensation, insurance and reimbursement will work.  Other benefits include increased emergency preparedness and coordination, and enhanced access to specialized resources.

This mutual aid and assistance network provides water and wastewater utilities with the means to quickly obtain help in the form of personnel, equipment, materials and associated services from other utilities to restore critical operations impacted during any type of emergency, big or small.

Common Myths Debunked:

There is no cost to become a member of WIWARN!

If a utility receives a request for assistance, they are not required to respond if they are unable to do so. 

To learn more about WIWARN, please take a moment to explore our Web site as we are planning to add features like  interactive mapping of all WIAWWA members. It will be cool!

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    Central States

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    League of WI 

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    WI Emerg. Mgmt.

  • /Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association
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    Wisconsin DNR

How to Join WIWARN

Two documents are required to be signed, scanned and returned to the WIWARN committee for your utility to join the Wisconsin WARN system.  They can be found below and in the above tab menu marked "Mutual Aid Agreement and Resolution".

  1. Click on Mutual Aid Agreement to download a pdf copy of this document.  Review this document and have the last page signed by your utility representatives.  Then scan the last page (Signature page) and email to jlemke@stevenspoint.com.    This is the document which outlines the legalities of joining WIWARN.  It also covers issues like responsibilities,  costs, risk allocation, requests for assistance, and the organization of WIWARN.

  2. Click on Resolution to download a pdf copy of this document.  Have this one page document reviewed and signed by your utility representatives.  Just like the MAA agreement, scan and return to jlemke@stevenspoint.com.  This is the formal board action in agreeing to join WIWARN.


For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Joel Lemke:  jlemke@stevenspoint.com  715/345-5266


Mike Heyroth:  mheyroth@rmsd1.com  715/359-6177


More About WIWARN  

Based on other WARN models, WIWARN is designed to provide a utility-to-utility response during an emergency.

The WIWARN Web site does this by providing its members with assistance in joining WIWARN, examples of mutual aid agreements,  resolutions,   emergency planning and emergency contacts before, during, and after an emergency. As the nationwide WARN system expands, it will become easier to provide mutual aid to other states as needed.

The WIWARN program provides its member utilities with:

  • A standard omnibus mutual assistance agreement and process for sharing emergency resources among members statewide.
  • The resources to respond and recover more quickly from a disaster.
  • A mutual assistance program consistent with other statewide mutual aid programs.
  • A forum for developing and maintaining emergency contacts and relationships.
  • New ideas from lessons learned in disasters.

WIWARN Benefits:

  • No cost to become a member
  • Response is voluntary
  • Even small utilities can have the "just the right piece of equipment" to solve an emergency 
  • Increased planning and coordination
  • Enhance access to specialized resources
  • A single agreement provides access to all member utilities statewide
  • Provides access to resources during an emergency without precontractual limitations or retainer fees
  • Expedites arrival of aid
  • Signatories have a pre-established relationship under which they are able to share resources during an emergency at the discretion of each participating agency
  • Is consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Provides a list of emergency contacts and phone numbers
  • Reduces administrative conflicts
  • Agreement contains indemnification and workers’ compensation provisions to protect participating utilities, and provides for reimbursement of costs, as needed
  • Increases hope that recovery will come quickly