Line breaks cause water outages in Mangilao

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Line breaks caused water outages for two days in Mangilao.

Guam – A couple of major breaks caused water outages in the village of Mangilao yesterday(Weds.) and today(Thurs.).

According to Guam Waterworks Authority general manager Miguel Bordallo there was a main break in the Tai area of Mangilao and another one at the GW High School campus. Water was restored to the GW area last night; however, the main break in Tai resulted in a water outage this morning (Thurs) that lasted in until about 12 noon. GWA has had several water outages recently that have resulted in the closure of schools like P.C. Lujan. Tiyan High School also had to close for a couple of days due to a lack of water. GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez told K57’s Patti Arroyo that part of the problem was the closure of an old Navy well in Tiyan that was found to contain a chemical called perfluorooctane sulfonate or PFOS. Bordallo spoke on the mornings with Patti show today (Thurs) saying that the well was shut down about a year ago when it was found to have PFOS levels that were above the advisory level. They are working on refurbishing the treatment system for that well before bringing it back online.

“If there is an issue with water pressure it just has to do with our ability now to sustain pressure now that NAS1 has been offline for so long that really is the root cause of why we don’t have sufficient pressure in Tiyan,” said Bordallo.

The GWA GM says it will take a couple of months before they can get the old Navy well back online improving water pressure to the Tiyan area.