Our Mission: To promote and support
a statewide response to utility emergencies and disasters through mutual assistance
for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities in Minnesota.
Leaders in the water/wastewater community and state agencies have joined together
to create the Minnesota Water/Wastewater Utilities Agency
MnWARN is a formal emergency response program in Minnesota. MnWARN is a mutual aid
agreement to provide a program whereby water, wastewater, and storm water utilities
sustaining physical damage from natural or man-made disasters in the state of Minnesota
can obtain emergency assistance, in the form of personnel, equipment, and materials
and other associated services necessary to protect the health and welfare of the
How does MnWARN help?
MnWARN assists members utilities with:
- Emergency assessment, emergency response, and recovery.
- Mutual Aid Agreement for sharing emergency resources with members.
- Resources to help recover from a disaster.
- Emergency contact network.
- Voluntary participation.
A Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) is a network of utilities
helping utilities respond to and recover from emergencies. Mutual Aid/Assistance
is one agency helping another based on a written agreement. The assistance is provided
across jurisdictional boundaries in the event of an emergency. Participation is
There is no obligation to respond. There is no cost to participate. MnWARN provides
a forum for establishing and maintaining emergency contacts. MnWARN program provides
a utility with access to specialized, certified, and knowledgeable utility personnel.
A WARN is important because utility resources are specialized; utilities must be
self-sufficient; and utilities must fill in the gap before the arrival of government