CANNERY SEWAGE CONCERN IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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By Tauva Esera

Samoa News

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Sept. 16) - A resolution was
introduced by House Representative Paopaoailua Joe Fiaui last week to conduct a
feasibility study for a sewage system from the canneries in Atu'u, to his
village, Aua.

The sponsor of the resolution is asking Governor Togiola to
instruct the Department of Public Works and the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA)
Board of Directors to prepare and design a plan for this sewage system.

The resolution explained that the ocean water from the canneries
to the village of Aua has been contaminated and polluted for many years due to
overflowing septic tanks. When it rains, the water from the mountain often
floods the lowland of the villages including the village of Aua. Whatever debris
or contaminants is washed away, on or under the land, continues to the ocean.

The resolution also states that septic tanks do back up when
there is heavy rain, overflowing to nearby streams then on to the ocean. The
pollution waste is a danger to the life and well being of the village people as
well as the general public.

The Faipule stated that the only logical solution is to have a
sewage system that can take raw waste from the homes in these areas and direct
them to a proper place for processing and safe disposition.

The Faipule also suggested that this project should be funded
with the insurance proceeds received by ASG from its settlement with the
Affiliate Insurance Company. If not, the proposed project can be included in the
Capital Improvement Project Funding.

September 24, 2003

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