The CNMI’s water supply is fine “for the time being” but Commonwealth Utilities Corp. executive director Gary P. Camacho is encouraging CUC customers to conserve water.
“For normal water use, yes, we’re okay,” Camacho said even as he underscored the need for CUC customers to conserve water to avoid any shortage.
He said the diminishing rainfall is impacting the surface water level.
He noted that Donni Spring on Saipan produces 350 gallons per minute, but it’s now down to 50 gallons per minute.
“This is expected for the next three months,” Camacho said.
The National Weather Service in Guam has extended the notice of anticipated dry weather for the CNMI, Rainfall has diminished over the Commonwealth since January.
With the limited rainfall, deep water wells will be affected at some point because water is not percolated or trickle down, Camacho said.
“People should be responsible in using water,” he said. “We’re fine for now, but obviously we do have shortage in water from the surface water supply.”
Surface water refers to water collecting on ground or in a stream, river, lake, wetland, or ocean.