Water rates doubling in next 5-7 years - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Water rates doubling in next 5-7 years

Posted: Updated:

by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - With a District Court order outlining the specific deadlines to complete various projects in an amended stipulated order, the Guam Waterworks Authority now has five to seven years to come up with as much as $300 million. Consolidated Commission on Utilities chair Simon Sanchez says that money is needed to pay for the projects to bring GWA's waste water systems into compliance.

The bottom line is that means water bills will go up significantly. Said Sanchez, "In order to do that, the rate increase that we calculated when we were negotiating this settlement, it suggests that water bills could double before the end of the decade...so rates are going to have to go up a little faster than we would have liked. But by the end of the decade, all of our waste water plants will be in compliance and we will end decades of having untreated waste water going into our oceans."

$200 million will go toward rebuilding the Southern Waste Water System, which is in Agat, Baza Gardens and Malesso to bring them into compliance with EPA standards.  GWA has already invested $30 million for new sewer outfalls for the Northern and Agana Waste Water Treatment Plants.

Sanchez says the rate increase will have to start in Fiscal Year 2013.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • 6.4 earthquake recorded southeast of Inarajan

    6.4 earthquake recorded southeast of Inarajan

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 that struck 197km SE of Inarajan Village, Guam, with a depth of 10.0 km, at 3:52 p.m. (ChST). There is no tsunami threat to Guam or the Marianas from the earthquaMore >>
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 that struck 197km SE of Inarajan Village, Guam, with a depth of 10.0 km, at 3:52 p.m. (ChST). There is no tsunami threat to Guam or the Marianas from the earthquaMore >>
  • Inmate Found Dead at Mangilao Prison

    Inmate Found Dead at Mangilao Prison

    An inmate is found dead at the Department of Correction prison overnight. Corrections officers reported inmate Luis Hocog was found unresponsive inside his Post 16 cell around 11 pm on Friday. The officer contacted the platoon commander of the situation and requested for medical assistance, a news release stated. 

    More >>

    An inmate is found dead at the Department of Correction prison overnight. Corrections officers reported inmate Luis Hocog was found unresponsive inside his Post 16 cell around 11 pm on Friday. The officer contacted the platoo

    More >>
  • Alleged armed robber begs judge for less time

    Alleged armed robber begs judge for less time

    "Nobody's dead. Nobody died." Those were words from defendant Jeremy Allen Evaristo in court today as he reasoned why the government should give him less than the 15 year jail term outlined in his proposed plea agreement. Evaristo is charged in a string oMore >>
    "Nobody's dead. Nobody died." Those were words from defendant Jeremy Allen Evaristo in court today as he reasoned why the government should give him less than the 15 year jail term outlined in his proposed plea agreement. Evaristo is charged in a string oMore >>
Powered by Frankly