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CUC: Saipan water production now 72%

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said Saipan’s water production as of Nov. 20 was 72 percent as water crews continue to repair major leaks in the distribution lines.

He said major leaks and downed wells affect water production. Leaks cause the tanks to drop to low levels and prevent water from being released to residents, he added.

Of the 131 wells, 85 are in operation, he said.

A Commonwealth Utilities Corp. logistics crew coordinated the incoming shipment of hardware for Saipan and Tinian. In photo are Bill Joseph, Edgar Ito, Adrian Reyes and Primary Source Electric’s Steve Homer.A Commonwealth Utilities Corp. logistics crew coordinated the incoming shipment of hardware for Saipan and Tinian. In photo are Bill Joseph, Edgar Ito, Adrian Reyes and Primary Source Electric’s Steve Homer.

As the Federal Emergency Management Agency generators and CUC’s power grid system continue to supply energy to the water wells, CUC’s Water Division is energizing the water distribution system throughout the island in order to scout for leaks and test the different tank service area sections for the water scheduled hours, Camacho said.

He said that tank service areas are operating in a limited capacity based on tank levels as assessments and pole repairs continue.

Of six water filling stations, only one is available this time. It located on Tinaktak Drive between Han Nam Market and Tottotville and is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Camacho also reported that as of Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was assisting CUC power personnel collect and record damaged transformers which will be shipped off-island for proper disposal.

These transformers are ready to be transported to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. warehouse. Contributed photosThese transformers are ready to be transported to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. warehouse. Contributed photos

So far, he said they have collected 586 transformers, 420 of which are from Saipan and 166 from Tinian.

They have also retrieved 2,740 meters from damaged locations, households and facilities with safety concerns, he added.

He said crew members are now pulling meters in San Antonio, Afena, As Perdido, Dandan, San Vicente and Kannat Tabla.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109038-cuc-saipan-water-production-now-72

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