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MEWARN is a statewide Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) of utilities helping utilities to:

  • Prepare for the next natural or man made emergency.
  • Organize response according to established guidelines.
  • Share personnel and equipment statewide.

2018 WARN Chairs Meeting Summary (PDF)


Why Do We Need MEWARN?

Water and wastewater systems provide our communities with a life-sustaining resource that is vital to maintaining public health, sanitation and safety. When water and wastewater services are interrupted for extended periods of time, a community’s well-being quickly deteriorates. Without adequate water and wastewater services, the people of Maine are vulnerable to property loss from fire as well as deteriorating health from unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation. When struck by a man-made or natural disaster, the MEWARN provides the necessary resources and tools to restore essential services quickly and efficiently.

How Does MEWARN Help?

MEWARN provides water and wastewater utilities with:

  • A Mutual Aid Agreement and process for sharing emergency resources statewide.
  • A mutual assistance program consistent with other statewide mutual aid and assistance programs and the National Incident Management System.
  • The resources to respond and recover more quickly from a natural or man made disaster.
  • A forum for developing and maintaining emergency contacts and relationships.

Why Become a Member of MEWARN?

  • Being a member of MEWARN will make you eligible for FEMA disaster reimbursement in a federally-declared disaster.
  • Access to a database of utilities and resources.
  • Timely access to resources in the database.
  • There is no cost or commitment to join MEWARN, and assistance is strictly voluntary.
  • MEWARN is developed, managed and run by Maine water and wastewater utilities. Who is better trained and equipped to help you in your time of need than your peers in the industry?

MEWARN's Mission

The mission of the MEWARN is to support and promote statewide emergency preparedness, disaster response and mutual aid for public and private water and wastewater utilities.

Who Can Participate?

All Maine public and private water and wastewater utilities may Member MEWARN by signing and having your governing boards approve the Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement. This agreement allows members, at their own discretion, to coordinate response activities and share resources during emergencies.

Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement

The Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement (PDF) sets forth the procedures and standards for the administration of the MEWARN. All actions of MEWARN members are made in accordance with the articles of the MEWARN agreement.


MEWARN is governed by a Steering Committee made up of voting members from water and wastewater utilities across the state. The purpose of the Steering Committee is to provide organization, policy setting, communication and guidance in the structure, operation and promotion of the MEWARN. In addition, the Steering Committee develops, approves, sponsors and endorses specific emergency preparedness training for all MEWARN members.

The Steering Committee is comprised of voting members and associate (non-voting) members. Voting members represent utility organizations and consist of utility staff, district trustees or elected officials. Associate members are state government agencies and technical assistance providers. Associate members assist the MEWARN with advice, resources and coordination with regulatory agencies.

Learn More About MEWARN

To learn even more about MEWARN or share MEWARN information with associates and colleagues, click here to download our MEWARN brochure (PDF).


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Documents and Resources

MEWARN Agencies and Organizations

  • Maine County Emergency Management Agencies: Website
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): Website – Phone 207-287-7688
  • Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP): Website – Phone 207-287-2070
  • Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA): Website – 207-624-4400
  • Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC): Website – Phone 207-287-3831
  • Maine Rural Water Association (MRWA): Website – Phone 207-737-4092
  • Maine Water Environment Association (MWEA): Website Phone 800-452-8786
  • Maine Water Utilities Association (MWUA): Website – Phone 207-623-9511
  • RCAP Solutions: Website – Phone 207-766-3065

Contact MEWARN

MEWARN members can request assistance 24/7 during an emergency by calling one of the numbers below. To learn more about the MEWARN or how to become a member, please contact the Maine Drinking Water Program at 207-287-2070.

Maine Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network
c/o Maine Rural Water Association
P.O. Box 263
Richmond, ME 04357
Phone: (207) 380-7324 or (207) 841-8920

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MEWARN Members

County map of Maine Aroostook County Somerset County Piscataquis County Penobscot County Washington County Hancock County Waldo County Knox County Franklin County Kennebec County Lincoln County Sagadahoc County Oxford County Androscoggin County Cumberland County York County

The state of Maine is divided into 16 counties. Using the map to the left, click on any county to display membership for that county, or see the entire MEWARN membership.