Guam – Plumping problems are to blame for the delay in the completion of the Sagan Bonita Village in Mangilao.
The new homes were built as part of an affordable housing partnership between the Micronesian Self Help Housing Corporation, Guam Housing and Urban Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
42 families were expected to move into their units in June says Micronesian Self Help Director Carlos Camacho but Occupancy Permits couldn’t be acquired because of a problem with the sewage system.
“We started testing the sewage system towards the end of August and found that it wasn’t performing to the design capacity of 170 gallons per minute,” GHURA Chief Planner Michael Duenas told PNC.
Duenas say GHURA enlisted the help of the Guam Waterworks Authority after the project designer TNG Engineers insisted the problem was not due to a design flaw and contractor Reliable Builders said it was not a calculation error on their part either. GWA determined that Reliable Builders and TNG Engineers were right and that the problem was due to the location of the homes being in a valley.
“The engineers at Guam Waterworks Authority determined it was air accumulating in the two high points,” Duenas said adding that adjustments are being made to the air valves.
Duenas hopes the adjustments can be completed quickly so that families can move into their homes soon.
“We don’t want constant [sewer] backups to be a problem for the families.” he said.
The $256,000 houses sold for only $187,500 each thanks to a HUD grant that covered part of the project.