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Background

The Massachusetts WARN is modeled after the American Water Works Association's "Utilities Helping Utilities" document. In 2007, a nationwide effort was begun to have WARNs developed in each state across the U.S. As a result, utilities and associations from across Massachusetts formed both Leadership and Steering Committees to further this effort.

The Steering Committee, a subset of the larger Leadership Committee, was tasked with reviewing, editing, and finalizing the MAWARN agreement to comply with all pertinent Massachusetts General Laws. In September 2007, the agreement was finalized and made ready for signing. The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission was the first utility to become a member of the MAWARN.

The MAWARN is open to public water and wastewater utilities only and is run by utilities. Only utility members have voting powers on both the Leadership and Steering Committees. There are no local, state, or federal regulations dictating a utility's particpation in a WARN - it is entirely voluntary.

The MAWARN agreement dictates that officers must be elected annually. The current officers are:

  • Chair - Savas Danos, Littleton Electric Light & Water Department
  • Secretary - Kirsten King, New England Water Works Association

Steering Committee

  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Mass Rural Water Association
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Massachusetts Water Works Association
  • New England Water Works Association
  • Springfield Water and Sewer Commission
  • Worcester DPW

Leadership Committee

  • Barnstable County Water Works Association
  • Boston Water and Sewer Commission
  • Lawrence Water Works
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • Massachusetts Ops Association
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Massachusetts Water Works Association
  • Mass Rural Water Association
  • New England Water Environment Association
  • New England Water Works Association
  • Springfield Water and Sewer Commission
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region I
  • Western Mass Water Works Association
  • Worcester DPW