Saipan’s water system from Orchid St. in Garapan to the Guma Husticia and from Beach Road to the heights above Chalan Pale Arnold and south along Texas Road is now the focus of a major leak detection and repair project being carried out by the CNMI Water Task Force and funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.
This project, like the previous Susupe, Chalan Kanoa, San Antonio and Garapan projects, begins with block-to-block leak detection. Each area is surveyed, valves and hydrants flushed and tested, and waterlines are traced with microphones to detect the sound of leaking water. Where leaks are detected, a construction crew follows up with repairs or replacement of lines, valves, and hydrants.
Fieldwork on this project started Monday of this week and will continue until June of next year. The project contractor is USA Fanter.
This project is another in the ongoing effort to provide reliable 24-hour water service to all of Saipan.
The public in the project area should be aware that both the leak detection and the repair work may result in temporary water outages. The project work will begin in the area between Orchid Street in Garapan and Chalan Monsignor Guerrero between Beach Road and Chalan Pale Arnold. The task force will provide updates as the project moves into other areas. (CNMI Water Task Force)