01 Nov 2018
- By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE U.S. Air Force has already set up a reverse-osmosis system at Garapan Fishing Base to produce potable water for island residents.
The Air Force started setting up the system on Monday and completed it by Tuesday night. The system consisted of two 20,000-gallon water bladders.
Gov. Ralph Torres, Rep. Angel Demapan and Bureau of Environmental Coastal Quality officials were at the fishing base at around 9 p.m. to test the water and determine if it’s already safe to drink.
The governor on Tuesday night announced that the water would be available to the public for consumption and distribution starting Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.
Each vehicle or resident is allowed to receive three 5-gallon containers.
“Thank you 36th Civil Engineer Squadron out of Andersen Air Force Base for getting this set up,” Torres said. “With our federal and local partners, we will continue to prioritize mass care assistance and life-sustaining missions. The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the volunteer organizations will continue to provide mass feeding assistance and relief supplies throughout the villages and shelters.”
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, there were already long lines of vehicles at the fishing base. Some said they came from the northern and southern parts of the island.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108583-military-s-reverse-osmosis-water-now-available-at-garapan-fishing-base