The planned Marine Corps base in northern Guam which is now being constructed in Finegayan has requested additional water capacity from the Guam Waterworks Authority.
According to GWA general manager Miguel Bordallo, the requested increase is more than what was agreed upon during a previous agreement.
“They may want to be a customer for more water sooner than we anticipated. So we’re looking at that right now. They’ve asked us to do an assessment to see if we can provide
that,” Bordallo said during the Consolidated Commission on Utilities meeting Tuesday night.
The new Marine Corps base being built is designed to accommodate 5,000 Marines transferring from Okinawa under an agreement between the U.S. and Japan.
Fears had been expressed earlier that the transfer of thousands of Marines to Guam might strain the island’s limited water utility infrastructure.
Bordallo said GWA is now updating its hydraulic model to make sure that it can provide the additional water to the base without detriment to local needs.
GWA is also studying whether the military’s request for additional water will require any additional off-site improvements.