CUC water wells feeling the pinch


Reflecting a prior notice from the National Weather Service about drought hitting the CNMI, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has affirmed that CUC is experiencing a drop among its water supply sources on Saipan.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho disclosed Wednesday that CUC’s T1 well on Capital Hill is barely supplying any flow.

He said the Donni Spring, which usually supplies water at 350 gallons per minute, is down to 50 gallons per minute.

“This is expected to continue for three months,” he said.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency had just issued a notice of a worsening condition for drought over the next few months.

Camacho underscored the importance for CUC customers to take into account several suggestions and warnings that may offer some protection from the drought and avoid problems.

He also stressed the need for customers to conserve water.

Camacho hopes people are able to enjoy the dry season just as they do any other day of the year.

However, he said, prevention and being smart in how anyyone handles dry conditions can help avoid potentially dangerous situations from starting.

Earlier, Camacho stated that the CNMI’s water supply is fine “for the time being” but still encouraged people to conserve water.

Some tips to conserve water:

Reserve any water for your garden and be sure to compost the soil to help retain moist conditions.

Reduce car washes during this period.

Anyone or any commercial establishment using grease products for cooking oil should avoid pouring the grease down your sink. This will avoid CUC having to flush with large quantities of water grease buildup in the sanitary mains.

Check your property for leaks and dripping faucets.

Avoid getting dehydrated when you are outside by drinking adequate amounts of fluids.

Avoid flicking matches and lighted cigarettes into the grass or woods that could easily ignite.

Avoid starting any fires to burn built up leaves and branch piles until the wet season starts again.

Keep spare water around the home just in case there is a loss of water due to a leak affecting your area or if supplies fall.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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