GWA Unaware of ‘Illegal Connection’ at Veterans Cemetery

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On Wednesday, VAO Administrator Martin Manglona said he wanted to move his water meter from along the main line to inside the cemetery to avoid having anyone else connected to their line, GWA says that move would be costly.

Guam – The Guam Waterworks Authority says the VAO water issue may not be an illegal connection instead, the water agency says the fix may take funding to replace the old, faulty water lines.

 

Yesterday, VAO Administrator Martin Manglona said that he thinks some residents may be illegally connected to the veteran’s cemetery causing the water bill to surge. However, GWA spokeswoman Heidi Ballendorf tells PNC that the issue may deal more with faulty lines than illegal connections.

 

“We definitely will be meeting with the personnel of the cemetery and all the folks on the veterans side to explain how we came up with it or if they are due a credit. Several years back they had a lot of leaks, I’m told they fixed those leaks, but really those water lines in the veterans cemetery need to be replaced, those are all very old lines,” said Ballendorf.  

 

She says that back in November when GWA disconnected the veteran’s cemetery for an outstanding balance, no one complained then about their water being shut off, nonetheless, Ballendorf says that GWA has been in talks with the VAO about the issue.

 

“There are several parties looking into their counter to the bill, i know there’s some issue within the veterans affair about who is serviced on their line and so right now our permit engineer has that and is reviewing that, we got a response back from the navy, we needed some clarification,” said Ballendorf.

 

Yesterday, Manglona said he wanted to move his water meter from along the main line to inside the cemetery to avoid having anyone else connected to their line, gwa says that move would be costly.

 

“It does cost, at this point in time, per our rules and regulations to move meters, so that is something you have to consider,” said Ballendorf.