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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, April 1) - Koror, the only state
that has a water sewer system in Palau is producing roughly one million gallons
of wastewater a day, according to the Bureau of Public Works.

Masasinge Arurang, the public works director, said the old
Malakal sewer treatment plant has about the same capacity — one million
gallons of wastewater passing through it for treatment and disposal.

When it rains, he said, the amount of wastewater doubles.

He said the construction of the $4.5 million Malakal Natural
Wastewater Treatment Park Project, which is now 15 percent complete, would
double its capacity to two million gallons.

Arurang said Public Works is working double time to maintain and
keep the sewer system in top condition.

He said sewer crews are maintaining 48 sewer pumps in Koror at
all times, even on holidays, to avoid an overflow of the sewer system.

"Our sewer crews have been improving the pump stations,
including repairs, parts replacements and maintaining the operations of the
facilities," he said.

The crews, he said, also connected newly built residential
structures, newly constructed government offices and other community structures
to the sewer system in Koror.

The water and sewer crews work with the Palau Public Utilities
Corp. in cases of power outages and for other tasks related to electrical power,
as well as the water and sewer systems in Koror, Babeldaob, Peleliu, Angaur and

"As we all know, the sewer system is almost 20 years old
and we expect to face problems with spare parts that need replacements,"
said Arurang.

April 2, 2003

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