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August Quarterly Luncheon Announcement

Speaker: Claus Homann, COO Aarhus Water Ltd – Aarhus, Denmark



Topic: Aarhus Water Ltd – The Borderless Water Utility.  This talk will describe how a combined water/wastewater utility was created and employee innovation/ingenuity has been used to grow services, increase productivity, reduce costs, achieve net-positive energy production, prepare for future sea level rise, and create a great place to work.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Dave & Busters, Pa’ina Hale (2nd floor)
1030 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI 96814

Cost: $20.00 (lunch buffet) checks payable to “HWEA” or cash at the door
$10.00 (students)

click here for RESERVATION FORM

Mail check and reservation form to:
Hawaii Water Environment Association
c/o Roger Babcock
UH Manoa, Civil Engineering Dept
2540 Dole Street, Holmes Hall 383
Honolulu, HI 96822
Or FAX form to: 956-5014

Please RSVP by noon on Friday, August 4, 2017 to

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HWEA Receives Award from WEF

Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA) received the prestigious Public Communication and Outreach Program Award, Member Association category, from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The award was presented during a ceremony at during the 89th WEFTEC® 2016, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition on September 24, 2016 in New Orleans, La. The event hosted thousands of global water quality experts and exhibiting companies at New Orleans Morial Convention Center from September 24-28, 2016.

Award Hall 2016

The WEF Public Communication & Outreach Program Award recognizes WEF members for significant accomplishments in promoting awareness and understanding of water environment issues among the general public through the development and implementation of public education programs.

According to the WEF Public Communication & Outreach Program Awards subcommittee, “HWEA has done an impressive job of ramping up its public education programs in the past few years. They are actively promoting and participating in a variety of outreach and educational activities including field trips, school visits, and more. They have made extensive use of social media.”

“In recent years, HWEA has made a strong effort to increase the focus on public outreach and communication by increasing their participation in public expositions and community service events. While they work to stimulate public awareness through the public education committee, they also promote public outreach through 4 additional committees (Communication, Pretreatment, Student Activities & Young Professionals), allowing HWEA to provide a more effective approach to communicating with the public.” (WEF Leaders August Issue).

Public Outreach 2016

The Public Education Committee thanks everyone who has participated and supported these efforts over the years. Water professionals at HWEA hold an important job in the community protecting the environment and public health. As stewards of water resources, we should be proud of our different roles in the industry and seize opportunities to educate others on the value of water. It is our kuleana to help our family, friends and the community understand the collective impact that we all have on public infrastructure. Congratulations to the entire membership, let’s continue to spread the message and improve the program.

HWEA 2016 Award

Email if you would like to join the committee or help at our next event. For more information on WEF Awards, see


2017 Pacific Water Conference Contributions

The Hawai‘i Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA-HI) and the Hawai‘i Water Environment Association (HWEA) are proud to announce the fourth annual joint conference now known as the Pacific Water Conference at the Hawai‘i Convention Center from February 15 – 16, 2017. This year’s theme is “E mālama I ke kumu wai ola a kākou, Preserving our living water resources.”


Each year the success of the conference depends on the generous donations of individuals, firms, and companies. Donation levels ranging from Iron ($300) to Platinum ($2000) are available. You may also purchase advertisement space in the conference booklet or support our annual community service event directly. Any donation amount would be appreciated. In addition, we are always on the lookout for great door prizes, gifts, giveaways and other items to give out to attendees, speakers and/or volunteers throughout the conference. Please contact the Contributions committee if there is interest, as slots for certain types of donations may be limited.

Please see the linked Conference Donations Flyer. Contact Contributions committee, Jay Stone (808-521-5361) or Keith Faufata (808-628‐1534), at for more information.

Susan Mukai | Puna Kaneakua | Emily Dong

2017 Conference Chairs


2017 WEFTEC Community Service

Volunteers installed two rain gardens at city hall to help treat over 2,000 cubic feet of storm water from the parking lot and address flooding issues. A perforated pipe connects to a FocalPoint high flow biofiltration system. An energy dissipating structure was also created from crab traps filled with rocks to help reduce scouring from the rooftop scupper. This project is located near the Superdome stadium so it will receive attention from many as they pass by for concerts, football games and other events. It was a great opportunity to help the City of New Orleans and network with fellow conference attendees.


Announcement from WEF
by Michael Quamme, EIT

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the 9th Annual WEF Community Service Project at City Hall in New Orleans. We would not be able to accomplish such a large task without the hard work and dedication of everyone who participated!

See more photos on Twitter by searching #wefservice and feel free to add any pictures you took throughout the day! We will also be adding professional photos taken in the coming weeks to the WEFCOM SYPC library. If you are not yet registered on WEFCOM, just visit to register. In addition to photos, check out the clip below WEF TV did on the WEF Community Service Project!

The WEF House of Delegates, which includes elected members from all of the member associations, as well as the WEF board of directors were onsite from 11:50 AM to 1:10 PM to take part in the project and network with all the volunteers. In order to accommodate the large influx of people, we split the volunteers into two groups. The first group ate lunch with HOD while the other continued to work while the other group continues working on the project and switched half way through. This was a great opportunity to network with many of the leaders within WEF and within the industry!

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2017 Pacific Water Conference Golf Tournament

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!  The 2017 Pacific Water Conference Golf Tournament (sponsored by the American Water Works Association & Hawaii Water Environment Association) will be held on:

Friday, February 17, 2017
Shotgun @ 12:30 pm
NEW LOCATION – Ala Wai Golf Course

Please download registration form here for details on prices, deadlines and sponsorship levels.

Because of the new location, the number of teams will be limited, so reserve your spot today!  For more details or if you have any questions, please contact Darnelle Chung at


2017 PWC Photo Contest


Categories are: 
1. “Age is only a number” – photos depicting water and/or wastewater infrastructure more than 35 years old
2. “Aquamen and Aquawomen” – photos depicting people interacting with water and/or wastewater – construction, maintenance, laboratory, other.

All entries must be received at no later than 11:59 pm (HST), Friday, December 9, 2016.

Qualified photo entries will be displayed along with the photo descriptions provided on the entry form by the photographer.  The description should provide the photographer’s perspective on how the photo meets the category theme.

Please access the contest rules and entry form at the links below:
2017 Pacific Water Conference Photo Contest Criteria & Rules
2017 Pacific Water Conference Photo Contest Entry Form


PWC Moderator Volunteers


We’re looking for moderators for the upcoming 2016 Pacific Water Conference. Click the Google Docs link below for the schedule of openings for moderators. Just fill in your name and email address next to the desired Group Number. See the below Moderator Block Schedule to see which technical sessions correspond with the Group Number.


If you have any questions, contact Jordan Fahmie and Susan Mukai at


Jordan Fahmie and Susan Mukai

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Click for : Moderator Instructions

Click for : Moderator Block Schedule

January HWEA Quarterly Luncheon

Please RSVP by January 25, 2016

HWEA Quarterly Luncheon
Meeting Announcement

He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa

A canoe is an island, and an island a canoe

A discussion on the importance of water in Hawaii


Speaker: Mr. Brad Kaʻaleleo Wong


Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Program Specialist, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Polynesian Voyaging Society


Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 2015, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm


Location: Pagoda Floating Restaurant, La Salle Room (2nd Floor)


– $3.00 per vehicle with validation at Banquet Parking facility next to Ross’s clothing store on Kanunu Street.


Cost: $25.00 (lunch buffet)

Checks payable to “Hawaii Water Environment Association”


Send to:

Staci Taniguchi

c/o HDR Engineering, Inc.

1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1200

Honolulu, HI 96813


Reservations: Contact: Staci Taniguchi

Phone: (808) 697-6243


Click for Flyer Here

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PWC: Pre-Conference & Conference Tentative Program

CONFERENCE – February 3rd & 4th
The Conference officially opens on Wednesday, February 3 and lasts through Thursday, February 4. A draft tentative technical program is available. Please note that the technical program is subject to change.

CLICK HERE for the tentative Conference program

PRE-CONFERENCE – February 2nd
The pre-conference will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd at the Hawaii Convention Center. Workshops will run tentatively from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided. A tentative description of the five tracks, presenters, and topics discussed is provided below. Attendees can receive CEUs for participating.

Wastewater Operators (with Vic Moreland, Wayne Salas, Jon Baker, Gary Hutchinson, and Eassie Miller)
• Operator’s Role
• Resource Recovery
• New Technology
• Operator of the Future
Water Operators
• Reduction of non-revenue water
• Pressure reduction and leak detection
• AMR/AMI technologies
• Testing/calibration of various meter types
• Water main/pipe rehab with emphasis of material type
• Stormwater quality violations and permitting
Wastewater: Nutrient Control (with Beverley Stinson of AECOM and Henryk Melcer of Brown and Caldwell)
• Permit Limits and Permit Negotiating
• Fundamentals of Nitrogen and Phosphorous
• Trends in Nutrient Removal
• Wet Weather Impacts on Planning, Design, and Operation of Nutrient Removal Facilities
• Case Studies of Converting from BOD/TSS Removal to Biological Nutrient Removal
Energy Efficiency (with Joe Cantwell of Leidos)
• Understanding Your Energy Bill
• Pumping of Water and Wastewater
• Aeration Efficiency
• Disinfection Efficiency
• Solids Management
• Renewable Energy Resources
• Hawaii Case Study
Young Professionals
• Water Basics
• Wastewater Basics
• Non-Potable Water Basics
• Permitting Process
• Construction Management
• Time Management
• Panel of Professionals
• Getting Involved

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PWC: Conference Donations

Each year the success of the conference depends on the generous donations of individuals, firms, and companies. Donation levels ranging from iron ($300) to Platinum ($2000) are available. You can also purchase advertisement space in the conference brochure or support the community service event directly. In addition, we are always on the lookout for great door prizes to give out to attendees throughout the conference. See the Conference Donations Flyer or contact Keith Faufata at or (808) 628‐1534 for more information.

Click Here for the Conference Donations Flyer