The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has been working with the Tinian and Aguiguan Legislative Delegation in providing a sewer system in the island’s largest village.
CUC and the Tinian delegation are now in the process of developing a strategy so they could provide a sewer treatment and collection to the West San Jose area as stated on their 2017 CUC Tinian Water Quality Report from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
The treatment and collection facility is now fully built and currently relies on septic systems in handling wastewater.
CUC is also concerned on the nitrate levels as they continue their planning efforts in providing the needed funds to install sewer infrastructure in the said location.
It has been CUC’s goal to provide their consumers with clean and potable water as well as having a 24-hour supply.
Today, according to the report, all of Tinian’s water customers are now enjoying 24-hour water service.
“Our CUC water employees continue to strive to deliver a quality product to all of our customers and to protect the CNMI’s water resources,” CUC said in the report.
CUC, to ensure water safety, had been strictly monitoring the CNMI’s water quality from contaminants as stated in local and federal laws under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other rules and regulations from the local Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality.
Trained laboratory and water treatment specialists have been conducting annual tests on Tinian’s water samples. These tests could reach 1,000 each year.
CUC collects water quality samples from Tinian’s water systems where they test treated and untreated water samples taken from their facilities and sample sites in service areas and homes of their consumers.
One Maui-type well is Tinian’s primary water source where CUC’s water operators, in order to control contamination, add trace amounts of chlorine to the water before it is distributed to their customers.
CUC released a similar report for Saipan where they are focused in reducing the island’s non-revenue water loss, while also getting help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in keeping the water infrastructures typhoon-resilient.