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PWWA Northern Utilities Coordination and Benchmarking Workshop

A workshop was held on 1st and 2nd June 2015 at Guam Waterworks Authority in Guam to discuss coordination efforts and benchmarking 2014 preliminary results for the Northern Chapter of PWWA.  It was well attended by representatives from the Northern Utilities.  PWWA would like to express its sincere appreciation to Asian Development Bank (ADB) for their continuous support by supporting this event.

PWWA attends 7th World Water Forum in Korea

PWWA Chairman, Opetaia Ravai and Executive Director, Latu S Kupa are attending the 7th World Water Forum currently held in Korea.  Opetaia presented on the association and the Pacific situation with regards to water sector, whilst Latu was a panelist in two sessions.  The GWOPA session and Water Forum for Water and Cities session.  There was around 38,000 participants from around the world.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between GWOPA, CWSA, CWWA and PWWA to facilitate inter-regional coopertion for better water and sanitation service provision.  This will strengthen relationship between these associations and will also support implementations of concrete activities to build capacity development of water utilities in the Caribbean and the Pacific regions.

Press Release from Guam Waterworks

Please find below Press Release from PWWA's Pacific Utility Member, Guam Waterworks with regards to Guam hosting the Pacific Festival in 2016 and their interest in hosting 10th Pacific Water Conference and Expo in 2017.

 

As you all know Guam is hosting FestPac next year hopefully in 2017 Guam can host PWWA I hope this trip to Guam will begin the seeds of that! 

Heidi M. Ballendorf, Public Affairs Director Consolidated Utility Services, Guam Waterworks

NEWS: New Zealand delegation visits Adelup

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A release from the Governor’s Office w Contact Julius P. Santos: (671) 475-9304 Email: julius.santos@guam.gov

 

“Meeting with the delegation from New Zealand reminded me of the spirit of the Festival of Pacific Arts. Which solidifies the idea that in this vast Pacific Ocean, there exists a united effort to reduce the erosion of Pacific cultures and traditions. We are all very excited for FestPac 2016!”

 

                                                                        — Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

 

Governor, delegation discuss FestPac 2016

In a meeting this afternoon with representatives from New Zealand, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo exchanged thoughts on the location of the festival grounds, and ideas on how to ensure the success of next years 12th Festival of Pacific Arts: What we own, what we have, what we share — United Voice of the Pacific.

From May 22 through June 4, 2016, Guam will host approximately 2,500 artists from 27 Pacific Island Nations during the 14-day cultural celebration. This will be the largest event to hit the island’s shores since the 1999 South Pacific Games.

”We look forward to sharing all the artwork, listening to music from different shores, and building a community through kinship,” Gov. Calvo stated. “As we come together and discover our similarities, it is also important that we accept and embrace our differences.”

Guam made its bid to host the 12th FestPac and was awarded the honor at the 10th Festival in American Samoa, in 2008. It wasn’t until July of 2012, at the 11th FestPac, when Guam officially received the festival flag.

 

PWWA South Pacific Utilities Benchmarking Workshop

The 2 days workshop that was held in Auckland New Zealand on the 19 & 20 February 2015 for Benchmarking was successful.  There were 12 utilities represented and the following topics were discussed:

1. Preliminary results of the PWWA performance in 2011-2014

2. Data quality and performance of individual utilities

3. Data quality accreditation and approved the PWWA data accreditation module

4. Ne IBNET checking tools and new PWWA IBNET website

5. Institutional assessment of the utilities and their regulatory mechanisms and obligations

6. Screening of the investment practice of the utilities

7. Tariffs and views on the future tariff database

8. Services for the poor and disadvantageous groups

Interesting discussions on each topics and sharing of knowledge and issues.  The Benchmarking workshop for the Northern Chapter of PWWA is scheduled for the end of May 2015.

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.

PWWA Represented at the CWWA Conference

PWWA Executive Board Chairman, Opetaia Ravai represented and presented on behalf of PWWA at the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) 23rd Annual Conference Exhibition in Paradise Island in Bahamas.

CWWA was also represented at the PWWA 7th Annual Conference and Expo in American Samoa in September and the two associations shares similar challenges and experience.  Discussions are now in progress for a prospect of a joint memorandum understanding (MOU) between the two associations.

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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