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Utility agencies speak about military buildup

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A series of informational briefings continued this afternoon on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and how the military buildup would impact services. Today's hearing focused on the island's utilities. Guam Waterworks general manager Martin Roush says the latest Draft SEIS reduces the Defense Department's portable water demand to 1.7 million gallons per day and the waste water generating to 1.2 mgd.

"There is adequate source water, there's no doubt that even for a very conservative perspective, there's no doubt we have enough water in our aquifer to meet the needs of the military buildup and the growth," he said.

Roush adds GWA needs to be good stewards when it comes to the buildup and ensure that DOD reduces the losses in the island's waterlines and manage the long term resources. He adds for potential mitigation, he says DOD needs to assist GWA in locating funding for other district waste water treatment plant upgrades. For the Guam Power Authority, general manager Kin Flores says all direct and indirect impacts to power should be born by DOD. He adds GPA does have enough capacity.
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