CUC’s non-revenue water loss up 70.04% in March


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s non-revenue water loss on Saipan went up again to as high as 70.04% in March from February’s 61.83%.


In his report to the CUC board of directors last Friday, CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho disclosed that they detected leaks in the power system in As Matuis, Kagman, Dandan, Airport Road, and Chalan Kiya. Camacho said operations and engineering are working together to identify leaks in those areas for repairs.

In January, Camacho reported that, for the first time in CUC’s history, it reduced its non-revenue water loss to below 50% last December. That number was at 53.6% a month before, in November, Camacho said.

In his report to the board last week, Camacho said that, as of Jan. 16, 2019, the Saipan water system was serving 24-hour water to customers. He said CUC continues to provide 24-hour water service to all tank service areas on the island and was only interrupted at the end of the March at the As Matuis Tank Service Area due to low tank level.

Camacho said wells that went offline in the As Matuis Tank Service Area have been returned back to service to maintain the 24 hours supply.

To decrease the level of perfluorooctanoic acid/ perflourooctane sulfonates contamination at the Kannat Tabla Tank Service Area, two additional water wells were turned offline last Jan. 31, Camacho said.

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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