Partial power in 5 of 9 feeders


Five out of nine power feeders on Saipan are now partially online or have power, while water production is at 70 percent, according to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

CUC executive director Gary P. Camacho said that Feeders 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 are now partially online, while the remaining four feeders are undergoing repairs and assessments.

The remaining four feeders that still have no power are Kiya 1 to 4.

The areas under Kiya 1 to 4 feeders are Sugar King, Gualo Rai, As Terlaje, Airport Road, Northern Marianas College area, Dandan, Koblerville, Herman Road, Obyan area, Kannat Tabla, As Lito, Chalan Kanoa, Oleai, Susupe, Chalan Piao, Afetnas, and San Antonio.

Last Saturday, CUC energized the area from the “Adios” sign on Airport Road to the Commonwealth Ports Authority.

CUC has collected a total of 510 transformers so far—362 on Saipan and 148 on Tinian.

CUC inspectors and meter readers have retrieved 2,712 meters from damaged locations, households, and facilities with safety concerns.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to assist CUC power personnel collect and record damaged transformers and will coordinate shipping of the damaged transformers for disposal.

Camacho said these assessments are needed to determine transformers that are damaged and return those that are deemed to be in good working condition.

As for water distribution, Camacho said that 82 out of 131 water wells have been up and running since last Saturday.

With Federal Emergency Management Agency generators and CUC power grid system continuing to supply energy to the water wells, CUC’s water division will soon energize the water distribution system throughout the island.

This will be done, he said, in order to scout for leaks and test the different tank service area sections for the water scheduled hours.

On Tinian, power and water equipment and vehicles arrived last Saturday. Camacho said all power feeders remain offline but station power is on at the CUC Tinian Power Plant from 6am to 6pm.

There were 797 downed or damaged power poles, 105 damaged transformers, and 507,015 feet of damaged wires.

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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