Guam – Despite the heavy rainfall over the past 4 days, residents in parts of central and southern Guam have been experiencing low water pressure, or have been without water since Friday.
And in a release issued Sunday afternoon [see below], GWA Spokeswoman Heidi Ballendorf says those same areas will remain with little to no water through Monday September 23 at 6pm.
“Full restoration is expected by 6 p.m. on Monday, unless heavy rains occur tonight,” said Ballendorf.
In addition, Ballendorf advises:
“St Francis School will be closed on Monday, September 23rd due to no water, however for DOE closings and openings please contact DOE at 475-0459.”
Those areas with little to no water until 6pm MONDAY are:
1. parts of Yona
2. parts of Santa Rita, Cross Island Road, Apra heights
3. parts of Inarajan by the middle school area
4. parts of Merizo
5. parts of Umatac
The problem has been the Ugum Water Treatment Plant. Ballendorf advised PNC News in an email Sunday that Ugum “is finally back on line.”
But she also warned that “if it pours down rain tonight [Sunday] it will stop producing water. We hope to have full restoration before 6 p.m. tomorrow [Monday] night, but we can’t be sure due to the weather.”
Ballendorf cautioned that “the upper elevations of all these areas may still experience water pressure problems even after 6:00 p.m. on Monday as GWA fills reservoirs and customers in the lower areas use water too quickly. We are asking people to use water wisely as we restore a fragile system,” Ballendorf said.
Friday, Bellendorf told PNC News Ugum shut down on Thursday because of “exceptionally high turbidity levels” from the heavy rains.
GWA managed to transfer some water from the north to the south overnight Thursday and Friday morning but they could not continue to transfer water from the northern wells without jeopardizing water supplies in the northern part of the island.
As a result, in the midst of record rainfall, water service to the central and southern villages began to dry up. As of 5pm Friday, water tankers were positioned in the villages of Malojloj, Merizo and Umatac.
READ the SUNDAY Sept. 22 relase from GWA below:
GWA announces the following villages remain out of water until Monday, September 23rd 6 p.m.
Parts of Maniglao, Yona, Cross Island Road and Apra Heights, Inarajan, Merizo and Umatac. “Full restoration is expected by 6 p.m. on Monday unless heavy rains occur tonight,” said Heidi Ballendorf spokesperson for GWA. “However, the upper elevations of all these areas may still experience water pressure problems even after 6:00 p.m. on Monday as GWA fills reservoirs and customers in the lower areas use water too quickly. We are asking people to use water wisely as we restore a fragile system”, Ballendorf noted.
St Francis School will be closed on Monday, September 23rd due to no water, however for DOE closings and openings please contact DOE at 475-0459.
Due to the high volume of calls to the 24/7 water line number the public can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We appreciate the public’s patience as we work to restore water to all villages.
[comment from Heidi Ballendorf below recorded Friday September 20th]
For more information check GWA’s website at www.guamwaterworks.org