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Ravai Re-elected Pacific Water Chair

Opetaia Ravai, chief executive officer of the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), was re-elected for three more years as chairman of the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA). His re-election
05 Oct 2014 15:14

Opetaia Ravai, chief executive officer of the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF), was re-elected for three more years as chairman of the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA).
His re-election followed the successful seventh Pacific Water Conference and Expo in American Samoa recently.
The conference was focused on the need for sustainable water supplies amid increasing demand in the Pacific.
He told the 150 participants in his opening remarks: “We must think outside the box. We need to explore other avenues to sustain us by providing better services to our people.”
Representing PWWA, Mr Ravai would be in the Bahamas from October 6 -12 as a guest speaker at the Caribbean Risk Management and Natural Disasters workshop.
He would speak on the Pacific challenge in natural disaster and risk management, using Fiji as a specific case.
“The water vulnerabilities of the small island nations in the Pacific and the Caribbean are very similar.   How we address them is important to both WAF and PWWA for in comparing like problems we can benefit through shared solutions,” he said.
PWWA was established in 1994 to support the Pacific region in meeting its water challenges.
It is comprised of 24 water utilities and 52 allied members made up of government ministries.
It also includes suppliers in Australia, New Zealand as well as those in the region.
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