CUC’s water loss improves to 61 pct.


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. Saipan’s non-revenue water—unaccounted and wasted water—went down to 61.38 percent last April from a high of 77 percent last December.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho disclosed that the increase in non-revenue water for the month of December was due to the loss of water sales during the Super Typhoon Yutu restoration efforts.

Before Yutu’s devastation last Oct. 24 and 25, CUC’s non-revenue water was at 50 percent, then it jumped to over 60 percent last November, and 77 percent last December.

Last March, the non-revenue water was at 62 percent.

Camacho said water sales decreased during Yutu’s restoration efforts as many customers in the tank service areas experienced intermittent and scheduled water hours.

“Water service is dependent on the volume of water produced at the well sites,” he said.

As of Jan. 16, 2019, the Saipan water system was back to serving 24-hour water service to customers on the island.

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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