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GWA: island water rates to double

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - An order issued today in the federal government's case against the Guam Waterworks Authority will cost ratepayers between $200 million and $300 million to implement.  That means you can expect water bills to increase drastically over the next few years. 

GWA's objections regarding timelines that must be completed under the stipulated order were overruled.  District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood adopted a report and recommendation for the deadlines finding the schedule fair, reasonable and achievable. Consolidated Commission on Utilities chairman Simon Sanchez says the final order culminates month of efforts between GWA and the USEPA to come up with compromised project completion deadlines.

The shorter timelines that were approved means rates will go up sooner and higher than proposed by GWA, possibly more than double, but Sanchez notes that the ocean, aquifer and environment will be better protected for the future.

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