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  • Puhi Sewer And Water WWTP site blessing on Thursday, 10/29/2015
    11/05/2015

    Click on link to view Garden Island article for Blessing of Aqua Engineers, Inc. Puhi Sewer and Water WWTP.
    http://thegardenisland.com/business/local/aqua-buys-puhi-sewer-water/art...

     
  • KAUAI BASED RECYCLED WATER LEADER PURCHASES FIRST PUC UTILITY
    07/21/2015

    Employee Owned Aqua Engineers buys sewage treatment plant from Grove Farm

     

    Kauai-Hawaii - Aqua Engineers, Inc. (“Aqua”) is announcing the purchase of Puhi Sewer & Water Company (PSWC) from Grove Farm Company, Inc.   The purchase was approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in December 2014 and closed in July 2015.  The PUC regulates all franchised or certificated public service companies operating in the State and needs to approve all requests for the acquisition, sale, disposition or other exchange of utility properties.

     
  • Aqua Engineers Announces Changes To Its Board Of Directors
    03/06/2012
    • Sheldon Hunt
    • Hugh Strom
    • Kim Lord
    • Lenie Nishihira
    • Dennis Tulang
    Hawai‘i— Kaua‘i-based Aqua Engineers, Hawai‘i’s largest and most experienced water and wastewater management company and one of the state’s largest defense contractors, has announced changes to its board of directors.  Aqua founders and previous board chairs Ian Kagimoto and Frank Kiger, have resigned from the board to retire. 
    Formal proceedings concluding with an annual meeting of the shareholders, as represented by the board of trustees, were held on Friday, February 3, signifying the “passing of the torch” and the conclusion of a four-month transition from the former board to the new board.  Sheldon Hunt, who was hired as President of Aqua Engineers and its subsidiary—Briant Construction—in October 2011, was officially named Chairman of the Board. 
    The trustees approved the expansion of the board of directors to five members, two internal and three external members.  Senior Vice President of Aqua Engineers, Hugh Strom, was selected as the second internal member, while Dennis Tulang will continue as the sole former board member from the transition board (2006 to 2011).  Two new members were selected from the community at-large: Lenie Nishihira, former Aqua Chief Financial Officer and current Chief Financial Officer for the non-profit Hale Opio, and Kim Lord, Senior Managing Director, of CBRE, Hawaii Region, were selected for the coming year.

     
  • GROUND BREAKING HELD FOR SCHOFIELD WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT UPGRADES AND CONSTRUCTION
    08/26/2011

    HONOLULU— As part of fulfilling a 2004, 50-year privatization contract with the U.S. Army, Aqua Engineers is upgrading sewer pipeline and transmission lines, and building a pumping station on Schofield Barracks.  A blessing and groundbreaking was held at the Schofield Barracks Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wheeler Army Air Field on Friday, August 19.

    The project includes upgrading sewer pipeline—which will be the main wastewater conveyance for Schofield Barracks to the treatment plant south of Wheeler Army Airfield (WAAF), constructing transmission main, a booster pump station, and 1 million gallon storage tank.

     
  • Aqua Engineers Awarded Army Contract To Upgrade Wastewater Collection System At Schofield Barracks Army Base
    05/23/2011

    Hawaii— Kauai-based Aqua Engineers, Inc. (Aqua), Hawaii’s leading water and wastewater management company, has hired Goodfellows, Bros., Inc., as partner and contractor to do construction as part of a $15 million contract to upgrade the wastewater collection system at the Schofield Barracks Army Base in Hawaii. This is the first phase of several infrastructure work projects in support of the US Army goals to expand Schofield Base as part of GTA (Grow-the-Army).
       

     
  • Wastewater treatment plant project uncorks Westside development
    04/12/2010

    • Dignitaries gather for the dedication of the groundbreaking of the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, Phase I, Friday afternoon.
    • Michael Flanagan, project manager, and Haku Aletha Kaohi look on as County Engineer Donald Fujimoto uses salt water to draw out any undesireables during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, Phase I, Friday afternoon. Shown are Flanagan, Kaohi, Mike Faye of Kikiaola Construction, Bill Thornton of Aqua Engineers, Fujimoto, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Ed Tschupp of the county’s Wastewater Division, April Matsumura of the Dept. of Health, Roy Abe of HDR and Chair Kaipo Asing of the County Council.
    • Michael Flanagan, project manager, and Haku Aletha Kaohi look on as County Engineer Donald Fujimoto uses salt water to draw out any undesireables during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, Phase I, Friday afternoon. Shown are Flanagan, Kaohi, Mike Faye of Kikiaola Construction, Bill Thornton of Aqua Engineers, Fujimoto, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Ed Tschupp of the county’s Wastewater Division, April Matsumura of the Dept. of Health, Roy Abe of HDR and Chair Kaipo Asing of the County Council.
    • Project Manager Michael Flanagan accepts a piko of ti leaves from Haku Aletha Kaohi during the groundbreaking for the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.
    • Kris Reisdorf of the PacRim Marketing Group checks out the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant which is 35 years old and running at capacity. Dedication of the plant’s expansion, Friday afternoon, will not only allow for more capacity, but will create jobs as well as incorporate new technology to make more recycled water available as a resource

    WAIMEA — Reliable expanded wastewater service opportunities, the creation of jobs for local contractors and the integration of new technology to provide more water as a resource are some of the benefits of the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, Phase I.

    Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. touched on these points during the blessing and groundbreaking of the project, Friday afternoon, which featured Haku Aletha Kaohi.

    “This is an excellent example of how the people of Kaua‘i are directly benefiting from federal stimulus funds,” Carvalho said. “We are pleased that Briant Construction was awarded the contract for the Waimea WWTP project via a competitive proposal process. We look forward to the job opportunities this project will provide our residents along with future economic development on the Westside as a result of the increased capacity of the treatment plant.”

    Phase I is intended to increase treatment capacity of the existing plant, built in the early 1970s, from approximately 300,000 gallons per day to 700,000 gallons per day with the ability for future expansion to 1.2 million gallons per day of flow treatment.

     
  • AQUA ENGINEERS ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS
    04/11/2010

    Hawaii-Kauai–based Aqua Engineers has promoted Hugh Strom and Lyle Tabata. The growing wastewater management company, now Hawaii’s largest, was recently awarded the contract for the Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant project and has two large military contracts. They will be holding a groundbreaking and blessing at the Waimea plant location this Friday.

    Hugh Strom, has been promoted to Senior Vice President/business development, overseeing and supporting the Army Operations Manager, who is responsible for overseeing, coaching and developing the Army Operations Teams and implementing the policies and procedures for the Army contracts and projects.
     
  • Aqua Engineers To Expand Kaua'i County's Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant
    12/20/2009

    Hawaii—The County of Kaua‘i has selected Briant Construction, Inc. the construction subsidiary of award winning Kaua‘i based Aqua Engineers, Inc—Hawaii’s largest water and wastewater management company—to upgrade and expand the island’s Waimea Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

    The project will help the County of Kaua‘i provide reliable, expanded wastewater service for Waimea to meet future wastewater treatment demands of the region. The project also will create jobs for many local contractors on Kaua‘i, bringing significant long-term employment opportunities to Kaua‘i.

    “We are pleased that Briant Construction, Inc., a Kaua'i-based company, was awarded the contract for the Waimea WTP project via a competitive proposal process. We look forward to the job opportunities this project will provide our residents along with future economic development on the Westside as a result of the increased capacity of the treatment plant,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “This is an excellent example of how the people of Kaua'i are directly benefitting from federal stimulus funds.”

     
  • Aqua Engineers Honored For Improving The Environment
    04/17/2009

    Kauai-based Aqua Engineers, Inc., Hawaii’s largest water and wastewater management company, was awarded The Secretary of the Army Sustainability Team Award by the US Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) yesterday for its role in providing sustainable solutions. This is the third award the 28-year-old company has received in the past three years for helping improve the environment. In 2007 and again in 2008, Aqua Engineers was awarded the GE ecomagination Award.

     
  • US Army Awards Aqua Engineers, Inc. Contract to Privatize Wastewater Collection Systems on Oahu
    03/31/2009

    Hawaii—Kauai-based Aqua Engineers, Inc. has been awarded a $229 million, 50-year military contract for the Privatization of the US Army Wastewater Collection Systems on Oahu, making the award winning water and wastewater management company Hawaii’s largest.