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2019 YWP Winner

Katrina started working at the American Samoa Power Authority as the  Water & Wells System Engineer some 5 years ago as a replacement to a veteran Hydrogeologist Professional Engineer from the USA.  With such huge shoes to fill, Katrina took on the task of finding good quality water by drilling water wells in hydro-geologically favourable locations with a determination to succeed.  With not much experience other than what she learned in school, Katrina started to explore the mountain fronts of American Samoa looking for water.  With limited resources and many challenges she managed to site and successfully drill over 6 new water wells yielding over 1,000 gallons per minute of good quality water.  Three of these wells allowed ASPA to lift the Boil Water Notice (BWN) from an area that was under BWN for almost a decade.  This area affected almost 10,000 people who will now no longer need to boil their water before consumption.  She continues to site and construct more wells with funding from USEPA by siting more than 10 additional wells through out the islands of Tutuila, Aunuu and Manu’a.  Katrina is also involved in projects outside of her expertise.  Just this last month, Katrina successfully completed the construction and commissioning of a brand new 320,000 gallon Glass Fused To Steel water storage tank and is currently completing the design and implementation of another water storage tank to supply water to the eastern side villages of Tutuila.  Her knowledge and skills is helping American Samoa in partnership with University of Hawaii develop a groundwater model for the future success and sustainability of the water system in American Samoa.  She has demonstrated great leadership skills and prowess in becoming a great Hydrogeologist in the near future.

 She is an up and coming Young Water Professional to look out for in the Pacific Region.

  

Cited Awards Nights, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Thursday 8 August 2019

2018 YWP Winner

“The PWWA Young Water Professional of the Year Award recognizes a young water professional who has made a significant contribution to the water industry and general community and has demonstrated the potential to play an influential role in the Pacific water industry.  The award is open to young engineers/professionals aged 35 years who work in the Pacific water industry.

In 2018, Ms Helen Pulou won the award.  She was nominated by her Manager at the American Samoa Power Authority. 

Helen completed her 2 year NZ Diploma in Engineering Program at MIT and started working fulltime for the ASPA Water Division in July 2017. Since then she has been instrumental in collecting data and running ASPA’s hydraulic model on H2OMap. This model helps ASPA identify areas where Non-Revenue is high and focuses its Leak Detection efforts there. Helen also updates the water daily metrics showing tank levels, pressures, flows, and other parameters at critical points in the system. This information helps ASPA’s water operations team. She helps identify any anomalies in the system and notifies the system operators to attend to the matter before it causes low pressure or no water issues to the customers. Helen has been a great addition to the ASPA Water team and has proven her resourcefulness in helping ASPA provide better service to its customers. Her work has helped ASPA lift the Boil Water Notice from 30% of its population currently under the Boil Water Notice. She continues to assist in helping ASPA achieve its goal of removing the Boil Water Notice from 100% of its population by December 2019 through her hydraulic modeling work. She has the potential of becoming a great water engineer and is excited to continue on this path at ASPA.

 

 

Cited Awards Nights, Noumea New Caledonia

Thursday 9 August 2018

2017 YWP Winner

“The PWWA Young Water Professional of the Year Award recognizes a young water professional who has made a significant contribution to the water industry and general community and has demonstrated the potential to play an influential role in the Pacific water industry.  The award is open to young engineers/professionals aged 35 years who work in the Pacific water industry.

In 2017, Ms Maryse Wamalo of New Caledonia won the award.  She was nominated by her GM at Caledonienne des Eaux. 

Maryse , 29 years old, joined Caledonienne des Eaux in 2013 and managed since then the  purchasing and logistic department. She is a Civil engineer (ENIVL Blois France) with a specialization from the European Institute,  in Purchasing Management. Her dedication and professionalism is recognized by all her colleagues and contractors, especially as a technical manager (civil engineer) who is also fully engaged in administration, finance and commercial activities.

 

 

Cited Awards Nights, Apia Samoa

Friday 11 August 2017

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