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ABPA Awards Bill Wong with 2017 Meritorious Service Award

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  
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ABPA Awards Bill Wong with 2017 Meritorious Service Award


The Meritorious Service Award is the highest award ABPA can bestow on an individual. It was established to recognize an individual whose sustained and longstanding service to the ABPA is at a level far above their contemporaries.  This service is not just to ABPA alone, but has also advanced the field of cross-connection control for everyone’s benefit.

This year, ABPA recognized the contributions of Mr. Bill Wong.  After receiving a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Long Beach, Bill launched his accomplished career at the City of Long Beach Water Department. In a few years, he returned to his home state of Hawaii to be a Sanitary Engineer with the Hawaii Department of Health, and became the Program Manager for the State of Hawaii Drinking Water Program in 1991, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.

Among his many duties he was also the State’s Cross-Connection Control Program Administrator. Bill was responsible for establishing CCC Programs on all the Hawaiian Islands. He started the Hawaii Chapter of the ABPA, and brought the association’s Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification to Hawaii. 

Being a true champion for safe drinking water, his efforts went well beyond his normal job duties. Helping the various Water Departments caused him to roll up his sleeves and take more than just an administrative role. The isolation of the Hawaiian Islands offers some challenges to providing safe drinking water that goes well beyond drought restrictions.   When the nearest source of land or aquifer is 2500 miles away, you learn the value of clean drinking water.

In his retirement, Bill has remained active in the industry.  He organizes an annual Chapter conference that brings in guest speakers from the mainland to maintain the technical skills of backflow professionals.  At any National or Western Regional conference, Bill can be found working the tables at the Silent Auction. His is an example of a life well-lived.


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