GDOE addresses water issues plaguing campuses

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Tiyan High School and GDOE central offices closed early due to little to no water pressure.

Guam – For the second day in a row, water issues in the villages of Barrigada, Mangilao, and Tiyan have continued to interrupt students’ education.

“The only thing that surprised us,” explained Superintendent Jon Fernandez “was that the water hadn’t been fully restored by the time we had been heading into the school day.”

The superintendent already forewarned stakeholders last night on Twitter saying, “We will let everyone know by 5 am tomorrow whether school is on for Tiyan High School and PC Lujan Elementary School.”

Both institutions were sent home early yesterday after little to no water pressure was discovered.

But when the announcement came, only one school was able to resume their classes this morning.

“Then we were told that later on that the water was completely out and then we had to send the kids home again at Tiyan High,” Fernandez said.

General Manager of the Guam Water Works Authority, Miguel Bordallo told Patti on K-57’s Mornings with Patti that the problem is the result of two main wells in Yigo and Barrigada going offline.

“The tripping off of the water wells was a result of the heavy weather that we we’re having and we suspect that shortly after that we found the main break in Yigo,” Bordallo said.

GWA’s general manager added that crews spent all night working to get the wells back online, but water levels in the reservoir requires time to build after such an incident occurs.

“A similar problem in the Barrigada area, with the exception that subsequent to our getting calls on Monday morning on loading the water in that area, we discovered that one of our wells servicing the Barrigada reservoir had gone down so they’re pumping the motor where it was irreparably damaged, as a result of electrical issues,” he said.

In the meantime, students waiting to return to school tomorrow might have to wait a little while longer until the all-clear is given in the morning.

Meanwhile GWA announced another emergency water outage for today, starting from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. tomorrow.

GWA crews will be replacing a defective 6″ main valve in the village of Dededo.

For more information on the outage, you can contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at 646-4211 or log onto www.guamwaterworks.org.