Gina Yukich represents EWB at the Pacific Water Conference in Tonga

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EWBer Gina Yukich recently returned from representing EWB in Tonga at the Pacific Water Conference.The Pacific Water Conference is a important annual event for water services and government departments involved in water delivery in Pacific nations.

It has wide representation from most countries, with many sending along Ministers for the Ministerial Forum aspect of the conference, as well as representatives from local and national water authorities and service providers.

The overall theme was "Our Water, Our People" and presentations were given on several key topics; water and data, gender, community and technology. Gina's presentation about EWB's projects resonated well with the larger scale projects being talked about in other presentations, and how issues of community engagement are still a big problem no matter the project size.

The conference also included an expo of companies displaying new products, and several presentations focused on research around new technologies in pipelines and wastewater treatment - including the use of large-scale vermicomposting in wastewater treatment! Climate change is also a massive concern that was frequently mentioned as many Pacific nations already see altered seasonal rain patterns and more instances of salt water infiltration in their groundwater. 

Thanks again to the Pacific Water Conference for having Gina along, and we're looking forward to next year's conference in Samoa!