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Guam's largest capacity well finally back online

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It was first built back in the post-World War II era and after more than 15 years since being closed, Guam's largest capacity well is finally back online.  It's a celebration for both the civilian and defense community on Guam.

And according to Joint Region Marianas commander Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, it's the perfect example of the One Guam philosophy. She told KUAM News, "Though some of us may live in base, some of us may live off base, we all draw water from the same water source."  And today JRM and the Guam Waterworks Authority cut the ribbon for the reopening and leasing of the Navy's Tumon Maui Well to GWA, further affirming the Navy's commitment to the One Guam pillar.

"We are also blessed with a geology that has elevated limestone in the north of Guam that creates the largest aquifer between here and Hawaii," Admiral Bolivar continued. Today the Maui well provides water to much of the Piti community, while also supporting the water pressure of our northern villages."

This well is a Maui-type water well that operates to skim underground fresh water from the thin basal layer. Back in 2011 the Navy awarded a contract to repair the well including repair of equipment, replacement of generators, new disinfection system and connection to the GWA water system. NAVFAC Marianas commanding officer Captain Stephanie Jones says this equates to 1.5 million gallons of potable water a day delivered to 2,400 homes, or about 10,000 people.

"We'll vow that we continue this long partnership and I think we have a bunch more things to do," she stated. "We're working toward reliable, sustainable compliant and secure water delivery."

Consolidated Commission on Utilities member Simon Sanchez meanwhile says this will help with retiring less efficient wells. He says this "One Guam, one water system" investment fits perfectly with increasing our water resources in a responsible way. "This well has been around since World War II, and we forget, we talk about the partnership, we talk about One Guam. After July 21, 1944, there was no infrastructure on Guam, but who put it in? The Department of Defense.

"Sure, some will say they needed it for themselves, but they needed it because they knew the people of Guam, who were just freed from three years of occupation needed some infrastructure."

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