Some Water Service Restored in Saipan

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CUC restoring water in phases Chalan Kanoa in the first phase, the villages of Susupe, Oleai and San Jose in the second phase, and the villages of San Antonio and Chalan Piao in the third phase.

Typhoon Soudelor: Limited Water Service Returning to Villages

August 9, 2015 – Saipan, CNMI –The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) is in the process of restoring pressurized water to some of Saipan’s villages and limited water service may begin this afternoon.

CUC will begin charging the lines in three sections, beginning with the village of Chalan Kanoa in the first phase, the villages of Susupe, Oleai and San Jose in the second phase, and the villages of San Antonio and Chalan Piao in the third phase.

CUC Engineering and Operations personnel will begin the process this afternoon by pressurizing the lines in phases, beginning with Chalan Kanoa. CUC hopes to complete the second phase this afternoon as well; however, the third phase may not begin until Monday, August 10.

The limited water service available to the aforementioned villages will be available for approximately two hours this afternoon and up to four hours once Water personnel make their assessment of the system.

Customers are also asked to check that all household water faucets and hose bibs are turned off as water begins to fill the distribution lines.

Given the challenges posed by Typhoon Soudelor, it is critical for the community to immediately notify CUC of any water leaks. To report water leaks, contact CUC Water Manager, Bernard Keremius, by calling 888-6615.

As CUC chlorine stations remain offline, the water made available will need to be sanitized through the use of chlorine bleach or boiling before it can be used by the community.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SANITIZING

FOR BOILING: Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

FOR CHLORINATING: Alternatively, customers may also disinfect their water using bleach. As a result, we advise the community to boil their water or disinfect with bleach using the following measurements:

 

CONTAINER SIZE

AMOUNT OF BLEACH

 

CLEAR WATER

CLOUDY WATER

ONE (1) GALLON

3 DROPS

6 DROPS

FIVE (5) GALLON

15 DROPS

30 DROPS

FIFTY FIVE (55) GALLON

1-½ TEASPOONS

1 TABLESPOON

ONE HUNDRED (100) GALLON

3 TEASPOONS

2 TABLESPOONS

FIVE HUNDRED (500) GALLON

5 TABLESPOONS

½ CUP

ONE THOUSAND (1000) GALLON

½ CUP

1 CUP

NOTE: Allow the water to stand in a covered container, away from the sunlight, if possible, for at least 30 minutes.

For more information, please visit our website www.cucgov.org or contact CUC’s Customer Call
Center at 664-4CUC (664-4282).

About CUC

 

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) is a non-profit autonomous agency of the CNMI government. The utility provides electric power, water and wastewater services to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.