What is IOWARN?

IOWARN is a Water/Wastewater Agency Response (WARN) network, a group of utilities committed to helping each other conduct response and recovery operations. A WARN provides a system of aid that may be utilized by water/wastewater utilities requiring emergency assistance from member utilities. IOWARN provides:

  • A voluntary mutual aid and assistance network to combat water-related incidents throughout the State of Iowa
  • An organized system for requesting assistance in the form of personnel, emergency equipment, materials and other required resources

Who may join IOWARN

Any drinking water or wastewater organization, public or private, may join IOWARN. There is no size requirement for a utility to participate in the agreement. While being a completely voluntary association, IOWARN can be utilized in times of crisis, even without a disaster declaration. During a declared disaster, IOWARN integrates with the state’s Emergency Operations Center.

Why Join IOWARN?

During an emergency, it’s important to respond and begin recovering quickly and effectively. IOWARN provides a framework to help water utilities assist each other, from Iowa’s largest cities to its smallest towns. Water and wastewater services are vital to residents, as these services are necessities for living in their homes.


Uniting communities across Iowa to ensure mutual aid in times of need.