In order to reduce the demand on county and state emergency management, FEMA has provided re-useable/washable cloth face masks for operations personnel in the Water Sector through the WARN (Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network) in each state - http://www.iowarn.org. The Iowa contact for IOWARN is John Lins - 515-208-1993 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Masks will be available for pickup at specific water/wastewater utilities listed below in each of the six IDNR Regions. Contact the Distribution Point closest to you to arrange mask pickup.
The current allocation is 1 package of masks per operations employee. Eligible operations employees are any water/wastewater employee whose job does not allow them to practice social distance with coworkers or the public. The masks can be washed 15 times and reused for an extended time period.
Water/Wastewater Utility’s in each region have provided the location and instructions on how to request and pick up masks in a minimal contact manner below. NOTE: We encourage you to contact your neighboring communities and pick up masks for them as well. You MUST inform the pickup location which systems you are picking up for if they are Water or Wastewater and how many employees at each.
For a list of pickup locations, and for more information, click here.