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 - Mark Ohigashi
Over six years ago, the Board of Trustees of the AWWA-Hawaii Section had the foresight and courage to enter into agreement with our local chapter of WEF, the Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA), to put on the first joint annual conference on the subject of water. While this baby of a conference had its challenges taking its first steps, the conference has grown up into a toddler who is advanced for its age because of the hard work of our volunteer planning committee and its conference co-chairs. For a toddler to boast that there are over 100 technical sessions over three days, 730 attendees, 134 exhibitor booths, exhibition demonstrations and competitions, a golf tournament, and an environmental volunteer project day, is an amazing accomplishment. I want to thank Susan Mukai, our outgoing Annual Conference Council Trustee, who has served the Hawaii Section for the past 3 years as Conference Co-Chair and made the Pacific Water Conference what it is today, one of the largest gathering of water professionals in the Pacific. I would also like to thank Jessica Agsalda for stepping into the conference trusteeship and pledging to continue and build upon Susan’s work to get our water operators their continuing education units (CEUs), our members connected with manufacturers, providing a forum to learn about all the facets of water that contribute to our one water, and connecting us all in a collegial environment.
The reason why I want to highlight our valued partnership with HWEA is because while, traditionally, our organizations have been separated by drinking water and wastewater, we often forget the impact that each has on each other. We should remember that, more or less, each drop of water that our drinking water professionals provide is actually a drop of water that is being reused and may have even come from wastewater—children learn this in school as the water cycle. This basic lesson is often lost in the politics and monetization of water, but this is something that we should keep front of mind moving forward as our water resources dwindle and become scarce. This is also something that I think my predecessors recognized when joining forces to create the Hawaii Water Conference, and subsequent Pacific Water Conference. I look forward to the future and I hope that you will join me in continuing to embrace our wastewater colleagues as what they are, fellow water professionals.
In that same spirit of unity, while many of us may be traveling from across the Pacific to get to 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) in Denver, Colorado, June 9-12, 2019, there is always one stop for Hawaii Section members, and that is the Hawaii Section General Membership Meeting and Reception. This year, the meeting/reception will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at a location and time to be determined. Please save the date and give all of your support to our 2019 ACE speakers, national committee members, national competitors, and our incoming Hawaii Section Chair, Kevin Ihu!
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