Welcome to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Hawaii Section. AWWA is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its more than 50,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,000 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.
Membership is divided into 43 sections that conduct seminars and lectures throughout the year for both the members and the public. Technical papers and presentations are given and discussed at the annual meeting.
The AWWA HAWAII SECTION
The AWWA Hawaii Section was established in 1975 and is dedicated to the promotion of public health and welfare in the provision of drinking water of unquestionable quality and sufficient quantity for Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and other Pacific American Commonwealths, Trusts, Territories, and possessions.
The purpose of the AWWA Hawaii Section is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge concerning the improvement of practice in the design, construction, operation and management of water works and all related activities. The AWWA Hawaii Section must be proactive and effective in advancing the technology, science, management, and government policies relative to the stewardship of water.
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CHAIR'S MESSAGE - Kevin Ihu
Time is sure flying by; it seems like yesterday that I was the Vice Chair and the next thing you know, I’m the chair. I am excited to be serving as the AWWA Hawaii Section Chair this coming term with our Executive Board: Director – Daryl Hiromoto, Past-Chair – Mark Ohigashi, and Treasurer – Juanita Colon. Currently, there are a few vacancies on the Executive Board but with all the Trustee and Committee Chair positions filled with hard working, motivated people the Section is well prepared to move forward with meeting the goals set forth in the Strategic Plan.
A big mahalo to the Trustees and Committee Chairs for attending the Strategic Planning Meeting in April before the start of the current Board’s term. A lively discussion took place at the Japanese Cultural Center with one topic being succession in the organization and the need to “tap people on the shoulder.” With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is hard to commit to a volunteer role, even in the largest organization of water professionals in the world. Sometimes it takes a tap on the shoulder to get someone’s attention to consider a volunteer role.
The first event of this term was the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Denver, Colorado (see related article on Page 1 of the Summer 2019 Newsletter). As always, the conference was the AWWA’s premiere event with a very large number of vendors, an impressive technical program, and top-notch competitions. Next year’s ACE will be in Orlando so you should be starting to plan soon for that long trip to Florida.
The Regional Meeting of Section Officers (RMSO) this year will be in Tucson, Arizona from October 31st through November 2nd. AWWA Region IV has excellent Section Services staff and the RMSO provides a good opportunity for our Section Board members to meet and network with them. They provide valuable insight and guidance to our Section’s Board of Trustees. A recap of the event will be in the Fall Newsletter.
The Pacific Water Conference is the Section’s premiere event and the last conference saw one of the highest attendance numbers in recent years. Conference Chair, Jessica Agsalda, is working hard along with the Pacific Water Conference Committees to put on another successful event. Information will be sent out as plans take shape or visit the website pacificwaterconference.com for the latest news.
Finally, a big mahalo goes out to all volunteers on the Board of Trustees and the Committee chairs; they freely give their time and are committed to the Section’s mission and goals. We are continuously looking for people that want to get involved. If you’re interested or even just curious, don’t hesitate to tap one of the current volunteers on the shoulder.
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