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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. 


To request these cloth face masks through CalWARN, please follow the detailed instructions found on the CalWARN webpage –  Note that Chrome or Edge Browsers are preferred with this process.

Key Points:

  • Cloth masks are being made available to all water and wastewater utility/agency employees on a first come – first served basis.
  • Go online to the link where the instructions, forms and processes are located.
  • Provide basic information about you and your water or wastewater utility/agency on the form.  This is to verify that you are a California water or wastewater utility/agency.
  • Identify the number of cloth face mask requested – current limit of two cloth face masks per employee.
  • Based on your county, select the CalWARN Region CPOD registry. 
  • In the counties of Inyo, Del Norte, Mendocino and Modoc, face masks can be delivered; special thanks to RCAC. More info is available at
  • Once approved, the CalWARN Region Chair or designee will send you an email to confirm the amount and provide a link that you will use to choose the location to pick-up your items.  The appointment system will provide the date and time slots that are available at that location to ensure the proper social distancing.  
  • To ensure mutual health and safety protection (practice good hygiene procedures, maintain the minimum 6 feet physical distancing, and wear facemask), bring a distance readable identification to show to the CPOD personnel, facilitate the process, and minimize the need to have any contact.
  • Once completed, please transmit a confirmation email to the CalWARN Region Chair that your transaction has been completed.

To request these cloth face masks through NvWARN, please follow the instructions found on the NvWARN webpage – OR send an email with the utility name and PWSID/NPDES Permit # to the listed addresses: – NvWARN Chair – Executive Director Nevada Rural Water Association – NvWARN Secretary - RCAC 

Key Points:

  • Cloth masks are being made available to all water and wastewater agency employees in Nevada on a first come – first served basis.
  • The cloth masks are for all public water and wastewater system employees; masks are not exclusive to field workers and operators.
  • EPA Region 9 has arranged for RCAC to order and deliver masks for tribal utilities.
  • Identify the number of cloth facemask requested – current limit of two cloth facemasks per water or wastewater agency employee.
  • Once approved, you will receive an email to confirm the amount of cloth masks you will receive, along with an appointment indicating your pick-up information. 

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.

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