HAGÅTÑA, Guam—Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has obligated $55.65 million for civilian water and wastewater improvement projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam.
This funding is part of a $106.4 million appropriation that was approved by Congress and was authorized by a provision sponsored by Bordallo in the FY16 NDAA. She has secured a similar provision in this year’s defense bill that authorizes funding for the remaining funds.
The funding includes the following:
• $350,000 to perform analyses for the water and wastewater projects;
• $21,000,000 for final planning and design, overall program/construction management services, and installation of diffuser on outfall for the Northern District Water Treatment Plant;
• $30,600,000 for final planning, design, and construction to refurbish the sewer line in Northern Guam which supports Andersen Air Force Base and the new Marine Corps Base; and
• $3,700,000 for final planning, design, and construction to improve the monitoring system for Guam’s sole source of fresh water aquifer.
“These projects are critical to supporting upgrades and improvements to Guam’s civilian water and wastewater system, and they further demonstrate the progress we are making to move forward with the Marine realignment. I worked closely with my colleagues in the House and Senate to make these funds available in the FY16 defense bill. I also included a provision to authorize the remaining $50 million for water and wastewater projects in this year’s House defense bill. I am pleased the Department is moving forward with these projects, which will enhance GWA’s services on and off base. I will continue to build on the progress that we have made to ensure that the realignment moves forward and is mutually beneficial to our civilian and defense community.”