Guam – Construction has started on a $5.7 million dollar project to build the Guam Waterworks Authority’s first 2 million gallon cement water tank.
A ceremony was held to bless the GWA reservoir site in the Latte Heights Barrigada area this morning [Wednesday].
According to GWA Spokeswoman Heidi Ballendorf, the project will address low to no water pressure issues that have plagued their Mangilao, Barrigada and Dededo customers since 2005. She notes back then, a 1 million gallon steel water tank burst open, flooded the area and damaged another 2 million gallon tank.
“We’ve really been managing the system well but there’s a need to have increased capacity in the villages and we don’t have that here” said Ballendorf. “This will really go a long way towards the water issues that are affecting central Guam.”
Consolidated Commission on Utilities (CCU) Vice Chairman Eloy Hara adds replacing the steel tank with a cement one is also a better cost saving measure.
“Concrete would be the most effective” said Hara. “It’s less likely to corrode and bust like the one we’re replacing and it’s more economical to build and also easier to maintain.”
GWA has 36 water tanks but only 32 are operational. The project is funded through a U.S. Department of Interior grant and GWA bonds. It is expected to be done around June 2013.