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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 Fong
Chief Executive Officer

American Samoa Power Authority
American Samoa

Mr Victor Nabeyan
General Manger
Yap State Public Service Corporation
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr Luc Bourgade
Chief Executive Officer
Caledonienne des Eaux
New Caledonia

Elizabeth Wright Koteka
Secretary
Ministy of Infrastructure
Cook Islands

Mr Terapii Timoti
Chief Executive Officer
To Tatou Vai
Cook Islands

Mr Kasio Kembo Mida Jr
Chief Executive Officer
Chuuk Public Utility Corporation
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 Osamu Nedlic
General Manager

Kosrae Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Federated States of Micronesia

Mr Marc Mocellin
Deputy Chief Excutive Officer
Caledonienne des Eaux
New Caledonia

Mr Miguel C Bordallo
General Manager
Guam Waterworks Authority
Guam

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

Mr Clinton Chapman
Chief Executive Officer
Niue Pubic Works
Niue

Mr Joseph Pedro
Chief Executive Officer
Kwajalein Atoll Joint Utility Resources
Marshall Islands

Dr Amit Chanan
Chief Executive Officer

Water Authority Fiji
Fiji

Mr Frank Kyota
Chief Executive Officer
Palau Public Utilities Corporation
Palau

Mr Gary Camacho
Executive Director
Commonwealth Utilities Corporation
Northern Marianas

Mr Abraham Aremwa
Chief Executive Officer
Nauru Utilities Corporation
Nauru

Ms Fuimaono Dominic Schwalger
Managing Director
Samoa Water Authority
Samoa

Mr James Young
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Utilities Board
Kiribati

Vacant
Chief Executive Officer
Water PNG Ltd
Papua New Guinea

Mr Benoit Burguin
Director General
Polynesienne des Eaux
French Polynesia

Mr Sulutumu Sasa Milo
President
Independent Water Scheme Association
Samoa

Mr Carmine Piantedosi
Chief Executive Officer
Solomon Island Water Authority
Solomon Island

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

Mr Erickson Sammy
Director
Department of Water Resources
Vanuatu

Vacant
Director
Department of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment
Tokelau

Mr Sione Tutulu Finau
Chief Executive Officer
Tonga Water Board
Tonga

Mr Johann Levant
Director
Water and Electricity of Wallis and Futuna
Wallis and Futuna

Mr Morault Yves
Chief Executive Officer
UNELCO
Vanuatu

Mr Damian Capelle
General Manager
Majuro Water and Sewer Company
Marshall Islands

Board of Directors

Chairperson

Name: Fuimaono Dominic Schwalger
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member
Organisation: Managing Director, Samoa Water Authority

Deputy Chairperson

Name: Mrs Elizabeth-Wright Koteka
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member
Organisation: Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure Cook Islands

Secretary

Name: Mr Paul Cobbin
Category Elected: Allied & All Categories,
Organisation: General Manager Decentralised Solutions, Hydroflux EPCO Australia

Treasurer

Name: Mr March Mocellin
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member
Organisation:  Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Caledonienne des Eaux, New Caledonia

Director

Name: Dr Amit Chanan
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member
Organisation:  Chief Executive Officer, Water Authority Fiji

Director

Name: Mr. Abraham Aremwa
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member
Organisation:  Chairman & Acting CEO, Nauru Utilities Corporation

Director

Name: Mr Frank Kyota
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member
Organisation:  Chief Executive Officer, Palau Public Utilities Corporation

Director

Name: Mr Richard Ashley
Category Elected: Allied Member
Organisation:  General Manager Moerk Water, Australia

Director

Name: Mr Erickson Sammy
Category Elected: Pacific Utility Member,
Organisation: Director, Department of Water Resouces, Vanuatu

Director

Name: Mr. James Logan
Category Elected: Allied Members
Organisation: National Products Manager, Hygrade Water New Zealand (HYNDS)

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.