19 Nov 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
AS of Nov. 15, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp had retrieved 2,650 power meters from damaged locations, households and facilities with safety concerns.
In his recent report, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said the updated assessment on damage included 1,265 power poles, 696 transformers, and 763,140 linear feet of conductors.
He said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to assist power personnel in collecting and recording damaged transformers, and will coordinate shipping of the damaged transformers for disposal.
So far, he said they have collected 421 transformers —299 from Saipan and 122 from Tinian.
As for water, Camacho said since Nov. 15, Saipan had already reached 66 percent in water production, adding that 78 of 139 wells were up.
As the Federal Management Emergency Agency generators and CUC’s power grid system continue to supply energy to the water wells, CUC’s water division will energize the water distribution system throughout the island in order to scout for leaks and test the different tank service area sections, Camacho said.
He said tank service areas are operating in a limited capacity based on tank levels. Assessments and pole repairs continue while emergency generators are hooked up and crew members perform repairs, he added.
Camacho said two of six water filling stations are available to the public. Of the nine power feeders on Saipan, Feeders, 1, 2, 3,4 and 7 are partially online, he added.
On Tinian, he said 200 power poles and heavy equipment arrived on Saturday.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108945-cuc-more-damaged-meters-retrieved