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Mannengon resident has had enough

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - From damaged roads to dirty brown water, one resident in Mannengon has had enough. For fourteen years Herman Cherry has lived in Mannengon and in all that time he has never seen the road leading to his home in such bad shape.

It is in such bad shape that he says since the heavy trucks have been coming through the road it has not only damaged the roads but compromised his water. "We've had water breaks from the asbestos water line that the Navy put in years ago and its continuing breakage 26 but since these trucks have been coming through here 30 they've damaged the road they break the water pipes sometimes its two to three times a week," he said.

Cherry says the water was out on Saturday forcing him to call in a complaint to Guam Waterworks Authority and while they came out and got the water running again the following day, it was out once again Tuesday morning.

"So I took my phone and shot video of the trucks going across here and the damages they were doing," he said.

The damaged water pipes are so bad the water that comes out of Cherry's faucet is brown and its been like that for over a month. "What needs to be done a new pipe needs to be put in from the top of the hill all the way down - there's so many breaks that each spot that you've seen here has been dug up and repeatedly repaired they put either a new section in and clamps to hold it all together but it's not a solid piece of pipe going from one end to the other," he said.

Cherry says he hopes that new pipes can be put in covered by concrete to ensure that the trucks which pass through the road do not break the lines. According to GWA spokesperson Heidi Balendorf they are aware of the problem and says they will be addressing the situation.

She says they are currently in the second phase of their line replacement projects and that Mannengon is one of their priorities.  However the $750,000 project will first address a line issue in Farenholt and once that is complete Mannengon will be addressed and that by November Mannengon should have 750 linear feet of new improved water line. She adds that the project will occur in two phases to replace a total of 3,000 linear feet. 
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