Icky, sticky, and stinky wastewater will become clean and pristine, thanks to the new and improved Agat-Santa Rita Waste Water Treatment Plant that opened its doors Friday.
Earning the title of being the most state of the art wastewater treatment plant as described by Mike Stoker, Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 9, the new treatment plant in the south celebrates pioneer technology and a simpler system of operations.
“It’s the most advanced wastewater treatment plant, from what I heard from US EPA in the Pacific, so it’s a really big accomplishment for GWA. We’ve met all the court order requirements and we’re now releasing clean, clear disinfected effluent into the ocean much better than what we were accomplishing before,” GWA general manager Miguel Bordallo said.
According to Bordallo, the new plant uses a very robust and reliable oxidation ditch technology that is simple to operate and is capable of withstanding variations in the flow and conditions on Guam.
In addition, GWA has become a pioneer of the first ever U.V. disinfection system for any wastewater treatment plan on Guam — a system that GWA plans to implement in all future projects
One project includes the secondary upgrade to GWA’s Northern Waste Water Treatment Plant, which Bordallo says will be constructed on a much larger scale, to accommodate the higher population rate in the area. As soon as that project is completed, GWA will eventually move on to addressing wastewater treatment in Hagatna.