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Launching of the PWWA Benchmarking Report and signing of MoU between World Bank/IB-NET and PWWA

The 3rd PWWA Utilities Benchmarking Report was launched at the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) Water & Sanitation Sector Working Group (WSSWG) Meeting in Nadi on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at Tanoa Skylodge Hotel.  It was facilitated by Pavlos Evangilidis of EU and Jan Overbeek of PIAC.  Members of the PRIF attended included the World Bank, NZ AID, International Water Centre, SPC and UN Habitat. 

A MOU was also signed between PWWA and IB-NET with the aim of providing support to the PWWA Utility Members in their benchmarking activities and ensuring that best practice is pursued.    

The PWWA Executive Board Chairman Opetaia Ravai received the Benchmarking Report and signed the MOU on behalf of the Association.

Copies will be distributed to all Utility members and a link will be available on this site http://pwwa.ib-net.org

Seugamalii Jammie Saena, new Managing Director for Samoa Water Authority

PWWA would like to extend its congratulations to Ms Seugamalii Jammie Saena on her new appointment as the Managing Director for the SWA.  Seugamalii was the Manager for Wastewater Division before taking over following the passing of the former outgoing Managing Director Ta'inau Titimaea earlier this year. 

PWWA wishes her all the best in her new posting and look forward to continue working closely with the Government of Samoa.

Launch of "The Centre for Water and Energy Engineering" in Fiji.

The Centre for Water and Energy Engineering has been launched in Fiji.  The Fiji National University is the host institution for the Centre.  It is envisage that the CWEE will contribute to the higher programs accreditation process as the professional training centre for the Pacific Region.  PWWA has indicated its support for the establishment of the centre when it was discussed and presented during its 6th Pacific Water Conference and Expo in Cook Islands last year, 2013.

PWWA would like to congratulate Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) Chief Executive Officer, Opetaia Ravatai who is also the PWWA Chairman and WAF on this milestone as it will greatly benefit all its members in the Pacific.

Flooding in Solomon Islands

PWWA members have been communicating with Richard Austin, General Manager of the Solomon Water Authority to offer its support in this time of need as a result of the recent flood event, natural disaster.  So far, Solomon Water are coping but no doubt the pressure is there for everyone involved in the first response.  We have been advised that New Zealand and Australia are being quick in their responses and support which is very positive especially with regards to first response phase. 

Moreover, PWWA Allied members have also been quick in their response by offering their products to assist with our neighbours in Solomon Islands.  However we will be on standby to offer our assistance.

Attached are reports from Richard Austin on the progress of SIWA during the recovery phase.

Twinning Program on Customer Service Kiribati

A twinning partnership is currently underway between Water PNG and the Public Utilities Board in Kiribati. Given that Public Utilities Board is still in its early stage of developing its customer service function, Water PNG, being the 2012 Pafici Water awarded winner in customer service, would be a mentor to PUB. A diagnostic team conducted a one week study in Tarawa on ways to improve customer service in the Public Utilities Board. Following the one week period, Water PNG and PUB would come up with and action plan that would pull up PUB to the standard required in customer service. The program is coordinated by the Pacific Water & Waste Association and supported by ADB would run for 18m.

Fiji Twinning Visits

The Water Authority of Fiji - Hunter Water Twinning started in February 2013 with an initial diagnostic visit to set up the twinning program as handy location for sharing a range of other useful information.

During this visit, specialist work was undertaken by teams to develop a non-revenue water program and sort out problems with the wastewater treatment plant at Nadi. A WAF administrative officer is being trained to administer the web portal.

The WAF CEO, Opetaia Ravai and General Manager, Projects Seraicocoko Yanuyanurua travel to Hunter Water in mid-June and this will mark half-way in twinning activities which so far have been very productive.

 

The Passing of the PWWA's Executive Board Alternate Chairman

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the Association's Executive Board Alternate Chairman and Samoa Water Authority’s Managing Director, Tainau Moefaauo Taputoa Titimaea on 2 February 2014.  Tainau had been a member of the Board since 2003. Known by many as 'Moe', he will not be easily forgotten, given his colourful personality and sense of humour but above all, commitment to achieving the vision of the PWWA.  

REST IN PEACE

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