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Guam - Customers of the Guam Waterworks Authority will not be asked to bear the cost of upgrades to the island's wastewater system that are caused by the military buildup.
Although a $12 million dollar project is underway now at the Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant [NWWTP], GWA says it is not a project caused by the buildup which hasn't really happened yet because the pace has been slowed and scaled back.
The current project at the NWWTP will expand the plant's capacity to 9 million gallons a day and has been required by the U.S. EPA under the ongoing stipulated order the utility is under. DoD was initially going to pick up the tab when the buildup was moving full steam ahead, but when the pace slackened last year, funding was postponed.
GWA's General Manager Martin Roush says GWA's bond funds are being used to cover the cot of this project, but he emphasizes that there has been no change in DoD's commitment to pay for the infrastructure costs it causes.
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In related news, the U.S. EPA this past weekend awarded GWA $6.7 million dollars in funding to support GWA's capital improvement projects. Roush says the money will be spent on things like, pump stations, sewer line replacements and the cost of planing other system upgrade projects.
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