FEMA, US EPA, WARN & AWWA to Provide Cloth Face Masks to CA & NV Water & Wastewater Utilities
Please note: Orders must be placed by a water system. If you are not the correct contact, please share with correct individual. Identification will be required at pick-up.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through a joint effort with the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the National Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has provided a limited supply of cloth face masks to the California and Nevada water and wastewater utilities/agencies. These cloth face masks are being received by California WARN (CalWARN) and Nevada WARN (NvWARN).
CalWARN is working to distribute the cloth face masks with the assistance of CA-NV AWWA and the SWRCB-Division of Drinking Water (DDW). NvWARN is working to distribute the cloth face masks with the assistance of Nevada Rural Water Association, CA-NV AWWA, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, and other stakeholders. Although the distribution is being handled by CalWARN and NvWARN, you do not need to be a member to request and pick up the cloth face masks.
About the cloth face masks:
- Are reusable and washable
- Single size (one size fits all)
- Fabric touching skin is 100% cotton
- NOT for use with chemicals or in hazardous environments where N95 or other respirators are required
CalWARN and NvWARN have established Commodity Points of Distribution (CPODs/PODs) throughout each state to distribute the cloth face masks. This CPOD/POD process has not been done before at this scale in the water sector and efforts are being aimed to make this as smooth as possible.
This is an unprecedented situation in our state and the efforts by the water sector are essential and critical. Flexibility is key. This process has not been done before at this scale in the water and wastewater utility/agency sector and efforts are being aimed to make this as smooth as possible for you and volunteer utilities/agencies and staff.