EPA funds CUC Rota project to ensure 24-hour water supply


John Tinger

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is funding a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. project on Rota with a projected cost of $750,000 to ensure that its residents will have consistent access to 24-hour water supply.

While Rota already has a 24-hour water supply, the improvements under Phase II project will ensure the reliability of that system, according to EPA’s designated project coordinator John Tinger.

In his declaration filed in federal court, Tinger said the Rota project will include system-wide drinking water improvements to replace valves, provide back-up power generators, and install fencing.

Concrete closures would be installed to protect water from contamination, as well as new solar panels and new water lines.

“The project is under development,” said Tinger, who is EPA’s coordinator for the court order called Stipulated Order No. 1.

SO1 focuses on drinking water and wastewater and the restructuring of CUC’s organization. It requires CUC to have an EPA-approved drinking water and wastewater master plan to determine infrastructure needs and to provide a long-term plan for CUC’s drinking water and wastewater system improvements.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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