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Facemasks Available

Wednesday, May 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shana Schwarz
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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), is providing a limited supply of cloth facemasks, at no cost, on a first come –first serve basis to the Arizona water and wastewater utilities/agencies. These cloth facemasks are being received by Arizona WARN (AZWARN).
AZWARN is working to distribute the cloth facemasks with the assistance of the AZ Water Association, Rural Water Association of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the RCAC.
Although the distribution is being handled by AZWARN, you do not need to be an AZWARN member to request and pick up the cloth facemasks. AZWARN is establishing Points of Distribution (PODs) throughout the state to distribute the cloth facemasks.
PODs are locations where the water and wastewater utilities/agencies can pick up face masks by scheduled appointment. To meet this challenge AZWARN has created the attached Facemask Request Form to be submitted to to allow all water and wastewater utilities/agencies to place their order for the cloth facemasks.
About the cloth facemasks:
 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
To request these cloth facemasks through AZWARN, please submit the attached Facemask Request form
to The request will be reviewed and if supplies are available and the request meets the
requirements of being a water or wastewater utility, you will be contacted with details on where to pick up
the masks.
Some key points of the program are:
 Cloth masks are being made available to all water and wastewater utility/agency employees in
Arizona on a first come – first served basis.
 All requests must be submitted to
 Provide basic information about you and your water or wastewater utility/agency on the
form. This is to verify that you are an Arizona water or wastewater utility/agency.
 Facemasks are intended for field and staff working near other people. Isolated and teleworking
staff may not need them. Due to limited supply please consider this when making your requests.
 Identify the number of Full Time Employees (FTEs) you are requesting cloth facemasks for – the
current limit is five (5) five cloth facemasks per employee. Each sealed pack contains five (5)
 Once approved, the AZWARN or the POD will send you an email to confirm the amount and
provide details on the location to pick-up your items.
 To ensure mutual health and safety protection; practice good hygiene procedures, maintain the
minimum six (6) feet physical distancing, bring a distance readable identification to show to the
POD personnel to facilitate the process, and minimize the need to have any contact.


Application form can be found here

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