Guam – The Guam Waterworks Authority has announced that this coming Wednesday, December 15th the Southern Link Lift Station at Dos Amantes will be shut down from 7 pm until 12 noon Thursday December 16th.
The closure of the Lift Station is necessary in order to make repairs to a 36” force main sewer line that broke on September 21st.
The Old Corral Road in Dos Amantes (in the Two Lovers Point area) will also be closed while the repairs are underway. The road will remain closed for 2 days.
At the time of the sewage break, U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Water Director Alexis Strauss said “This is a major break, with the potential for a large volume of raw sewage to leach into the ground or flood the road … they need to move as fast as possible to fix this public health hazard.”
GWA built a lined pond and trench which has been collecting the leaking sewage which in turn is being trucked for treatment to the Northern Wastewater plant.
The repair work was scheduled for last month, but cancelled in order for GWA to refine its repair plans in hopes of avoiding another sewage spill, or overflow, while the repairs are underway.
In order to avoid another spill, GWA is calling on all customers in Yigo, Dededo, and Harmon to use water for only the MOST ESSENTIAL functions from 7 pm Wednesday evening until until Thursday Noon.
In a release, GWA’s Assistant General Manager for Compliance and Safety, Paul Kemp states: “We are asking the public to only use water for their most urgent needs, this effort will assist us in eliminating any waste water overflow which may occur at the Southern Link Waste Water Lift Station.”
Kemp went on to say, “GWA will be diverting waste water flows away from the Southern Link Lift Station by sending it towards the Hagatna Waste Water Treatment Plant and holding wastewater in feeder lift station wet wells as much as possible.” Kemp added, “To avoid waste water being spilled during this repair process, it may even become necessary to shut off the water supply to Yigo, Dededo and Harmon in order to halt the flow of waste water toward the Southern Link site.” Kemp concluded. “The public’s assistance with this effort is greatly appreciated”, said Heidi Ballendorf, Communications Director for GWA.
For more information contact either Heidi at 647-2603 or GWA’s 24/7 day a week water hotline number at 647-7804.