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About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) is a not for profit organisation and was established in 1994 to support the Pacific region in meeting all water challenges both at the national and regional level.  From voluntary membership that brought together utilities and people dedicated to bringing Pacific water issues to the fore, PWWA grew over time to an established regional organisation with its permanent Secretariat established and recognized in 2017, following some dynamic reforms.  Its main headquarter is in Samoa with 4 full time staff including the Chief Executive Officer.  Modernizing PWWA, building its governance structure and establishing its permanent Secretariat would not have been possible without the tremendous assistance of its partners – the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

Assistance from its partners enabled the PWWA to host an annual conference over the past 11 years which event has been important for its membership to bring together water issues and solutions for individual member states. More importantly, programme assistance from its partners have been instrumental in developing and building the capacity of its member utilities human resources and helped catalyse other events and activities that provide a forum for strategic discussions of global issues and providing a forum for building leaders of the futures in the water sector of the Pacific. The Pacific Water Ministers is a product of PWWA and was established as a part of the Annual conference in 2015.  Likewise, its flagship Young Professionals Programme which started in 2017 with assistance of AWP has been a huge success.

The Association now consists of 31 water utility members from 21 countries in the Pacific.  Its goal is to serve as the principal water and wastewater voice of and for the Pacific Island nations; and to develop expertise in the Pacific for the sustainable management of water and wastewater services by shaping a cohesive, proficient and robust water and wastewater sector.

The PWWA realises the importance of working together in sustainable and durable partnerships to address issues affecting the region’s water and wastewater sector, and sharing best practices on the effective and efficient management of water resources and infrastructure has been the focus in the last couple of years.  This is a collective effort by the pacific water sector to contribute and to ensure targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in particular SDG-6 are being closely monitored and achieved.

Further to this, PWWA through its annual Pacific Water Ministers Forum, will advocate for regional priorities in the water and sanitation sector to the Pacific Forum Leaders, both as a region and as sovereign states.  It is also a way to strengthen linkages between the work of PWWA and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism and related regional developments in the sector so that it adds value to its collective work.

Council Members

Mr. Wallon Young
Acting Executive Director

American Samoa Power Authority
American Samoa

Ms Diane Charlie - Puna
Secretary
Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Island
Cook Islands

Mr Brent Manning
Chief Executive Officer
To Tatou Vai
Cook Islands

Mr Faustino Yangmog
General Manger
Yap State Public Service Corporation
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr Kasio Kembo Mida Jr
Chief Executive Officer
Chuuk Public Utility Corporation
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr Osamu Nedlic
General Manager

Kosrae Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Federated States of Micronesia

(Vacant)
Director
Gagil Tomil Water Authority
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr Nixon Anson
Chief Executive Officer
Pohnpei Utilities Corporation
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr John Guswel
General Manager
Southern Yap Water Authority
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr Barry Omundson
Chief Executive Officer
Water Authority of Fiji
Fiji

Mr Miguel C Bordallo
General Manager
Guam Waterworks Authority
Guam

Mr Wayne Brearley
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Utilities Board
Kiribati

Mr Joseph Batol
General Manager
Majuro Water and Sewer Company
Marshall Islands

Mr Joseph Pedro
General Manager
Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resources
Marshall Islands

Mr Abraham Simpson
Chief Executive Officer
Nauru Utilities Corporation
Nauru

Mr Didier Pouzou
Managing Director
Caledonienne des Eaux
New Caledonia

Mr Andre Siohane
Director General of Infrastructure
Ministry of Infrastructure and Utilities
Niue

Mr Gary Camacho
Executive Director
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation
Northern Marianas

(Vacant)
Chief Executive Officer
Palau Public Utilities Corporation
Palau

Mr Raka Taviri Jnr
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Eda Ranu
Papua New Guinea

Mr Raka Taviri Jnr
Chief Executive Officer
Water PNG Ltd
Papua New Guinea

Ms Seugamaalii Jammie Saena
Managing Director
Samoa Water Authority
Samoa

Mr Sulutumu Sasa Milo
President
Independent Water Scheme Association
Samoa

Mr Ian Gooden
General Manager
Solomon Island Water Authority
Solomon Island

Mr Benoit Burguin
Director General
Polynesienne des Eaux
French Polynesia

Mr Mikaele Fatia
Director
Department of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment
Tokelau

Mr Sione Tutulu Finau
Chief Executive Officer
Tonga Water Board
Tonga

Dr Nese Ituaso Conway
Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Public Works
Tuvalu

Mr David Eyssartier
Director
Water and Electricity of Wallis and Futuna
Wallis and Futuna

Mr Erickson Sammy
Director
Department of Water Resources
Vanuatu

Mr Morault Yves
Chief Executive Officer
UNELCO
Vanuatu

Board of Directors

Chairperson

Name: Ms. Seugama'alii Jammie Saena
Category Elected: PUMs Utility Member
Organisation: CEO, Samoa Water Authority

Deputy Chairperson

Name: Mr. Raka Taviri
Category Elected: PUMs Utility Member
Organisation: CEO, Water PNG & Acting CEO Eda Ranu

Treasurer

Name: Mr. Jim Keary
Category Elected: Allied Member
Organisation: Senior Fellow, Hunter H2O, Australia

Secretary

Name: Mr. Erickson Sammy
Category Elected: PUMs Utility Member
Organisation: Director, Department of Water Resources, Vanuatu

Alternate Treasurer

Name: Ms. Diane Charlie-Puna
Category Elected: PUMs, Utility Member
Organisation: Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure, Cook Islands

Alternate Secretary

Name: Ms. Ruth Ueselani
Category Elected: Allied Memeber, All Categories
Organisation: Assistant CEO, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, Samoa

Director

Name: Mr Ian Gooden
Category Elected: PUMs, Utility Member
Organisation: CEO, Solomon Island Water Authority

Director

Name: Mr. Joseph Batol
Category Elected: PUMs, Utility Member
Organisation: CEO, Majuro Water & Sewerage Co, Marshall Islands

Director

Name: Mr Gary Aitchison 
Category Elected: Allied Member
Organisation: General Manager Pipeline Products NZ & Pacific, Derwent Industries NZ LTD

Director

Name: Mr. Ken Klein
Category Elected: Allied Member, All Categories
Organisation: Executive Sales Manager, ACO Pty Ltd, Australia

Secretariat

The PWWA Secretariat is the main contact for the association. They manage and coordinate all activities and is a representative of the association at both regional and global platform. The secretariat keeps all its members updated on developments in the sector and ensure the association’s focus areas and strategic goals through its implemented activities. All development partners and affiliated members assistance are channeled through the secretariat. The Secretariat is headed by the Chief Executive Officer, Pitolau Lusia Sefo-Leau and is based in Samoa. Its location is on Level 4, FMII Building, Matafele, Apia.