Climate Change tops agenda

Over 300 delegates from all over the Pacific gathered at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday to register for the 3rd Pacific Water and Wastewater Ministerial Forum and the 10th annual Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference and Expo.

The meeting officially opens today.

The Pacific Water and Wastewater Association’s Board met in advance of the four day conference focused on ‘Water Supply in a Changing Environment” and young water professionals held a workshop to share experiences and learn from expert speakers.

The young professionals from all over the Pacific were led in development, mentoring and sharing by speakers from New Zealand, Australia and Canada. 

They also heard from Sydney Water Corporation on their climate adaptation and Alfred Arthur Spangel from the New York Department of Environment Protection.

Later in the day they were able to question C.E.Os from Pacific country’s water supply organizations on the realities of sustainably providing safe drinking water in a changing environment. 

The conference gets underway properly this morning with a cultural welcome ava ceremony and the official opening with a keynote address by Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

The conference also includes an expo with 45 displays showcasing products and innovations from water providers, technology suppliers, contracts and experts from throughout the Pacific. 

The expo includes a memorial display in honor of Mark Rushworth, the Manager of Aquaduct Training Ltd from Australia, who sadly died suddenly last week in Samoa. 

Mr. Rushworth was well-known and respected throughout the Pacific as one of the founding members of the P.W.W.A.

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