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Underground leaks go unchecked

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Just drive around for a while and you're sure to find standing water, even on sunny days like today. That's because the Guam Waterworks Authority simply doesn't have the manpower to fix underground leaks - like one near the field on Wusstig Road in Yigo.  It's been allowed to go unfixed for weeks, causing algae growth on the sidewalk. 

Dededo mayor Melissa Savares says the longer the wait, the bigger the problem gets, adding, "It's not just the water leak we deal with. Because of the deterioration of the existing road, what we have to face later is the repairs that are caused because of the water settlement."

GWA spokesperson Heidi Ballendorf says right now there are about 12 employees working on leaks fixing leaks for the entire island, but the agency has plans to begin outsourcing that work in the next few months, using bond money.

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