Agat/Santa Rita Wastewater Plant Promises to Fix GWA’s Leaking Woes

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GHD, the company contracted to manage the closed Ordot dump, won the management contract for the new wastewater plant.

Guam – Looking ahead this week, the Guam Waterworks Authority looks to finally put an end to the non-stop flow of sewage into Guam’s rivers and ocean’s by breaking ground on one of the largest GWA projects in recent memory.

 

On Thursday of this week, GWA will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the 60 million dollar Agat/Santa Rita Wastewater treatment plant. The plant will be located at the old Camp Covington location. The new plant will receive flow from the Agat/Santa Rita collection basins, sewer connections and storm water runoff from cross-island road and Baza gardens. The plant will be the first plant on Guam to be built as a secondary treatment plant, which allows it to effectively treat larger quantities of water. The plants construction comes at a time when GWA has failed to comply with US EPA mandates to stop the leaking sewage into the ocean due to overflow from the Agat treatment plant. At a GWA work session earlier this month, GWA management suggested that the way to fix the leaking sewage into the ocean, is to allow the sewage to continue leaking until the Agat/ Santa Rita wastewater plant is built. CCU Commissioner Joey Duenas says he expects the plant to be built by the end of the year.

“To put it into context, our whole master plan, we were talking about putting about $600 million, mostly court order projects into the ground, so this is 10 percent of all the money we are borrowing to put into the ground,” said Duenas.

GHD, the company contracted to manage the closed Ordot dump, won the management contract for the new wastewater plant.