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Official: CUC ready for dry season

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THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is prepared for the upcoming dry season that is expected to last until September, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

Gary Camacho

He said CUC regularly monitors the water system, which includes 119 operational water wells on Saipan.

Five wells are under repair and need new motor pumps, he added.

He said CUC also has 10 functioning but non-operational water wells due to the presence of perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid contaminants.

“And we are trying to fix as many leaks as possible,” Camacho said.

In December, he said, CUC’s water sales reached 119 million gallons, but this dropped by 20 million gallons in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

For this year’s dry season, CUC said: “We have experienced this problem each year for many years and it will not be changing any time soon.”

CUC said it is asking its customers to plan to protect themselves “if and when water restrictions may need to be imposed.”

For the latest information on water services and potential scheduled water interruptions, go to the CUC website at http://www.cucgov.org/ or Facebook page.

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