Archaeological remains discovered in GWA construction site; project delayed

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GWA general manager Miguel Bordallo, during Tuesday's Consolidated Commission on Utilities meeting, said the construction project has been delayed because the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) did not inform GWA about the discovery.

Archaeological remains have been discovered in the construction site for a Guam Waterworks Authority tank upgrade project resulting in the delay of the project.

GWA general manager Miguel Bordallo, during Tuesday’s Consolidated Commission on Utilities meeting, said the construction project has been delayed because the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) did not inform GWA about the discovery.

According to Bordallo, the SHPO did not properly communicate the discovery of the archaeological remains, only informing the archaeologist in charge and not GWA.

He said the permitting process and work for the project was already well underway when they finally learned about the discovery.

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“The contractor was not at fault. SHPO was only communicating with the archaeologist,” Bordallo said.

It was initially proposed to charge SHPO for the construction delay costs. But later on in the meeting, the CCU just decided to send a letter to SHPO asking for an explanation of what happened.

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