by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Guam Waterworks Authority and the U.S. Government have filed their responses to District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan's report and recommendations and for the most part, both sides are fairly satisfied with the report. The report outlines recommended deadlines for the agency to complete a number of projects to bring GWA into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
The utility raised concerns though that the proposed dates for the completion of the southern and northern wastewater systems poses a few challenges as the agency needs to procure an engineering firm and doesn't believe funding from the U.S. and Japan will be available in time to meet the proposed dates as the military buildup has been delayed.
GWA also expressed concerns about the negative impact the significant amount of borrowing will have on its credit rating and the impact it will have on ratepayers. The feds meanwhile says they do no object to the recommended completion schedule but did ask that they be allowed to comment if the utility agency is seeking additional time to complete the projects.