GUAM RESIDENTS SQUIRM AS NAVY SHUTS WATER

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By Gene Park

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 26) - Thousands of residents face little to no water pressure at least until tomorrow after the Navy shut off water to residents connected to the Fena Lake Reservoir.

There was a sudden shift in the water quality over the past weekend that caused the Navy to change the filtration chemicals for the reservoir, said Navy spokesman Lieutenant Donnell Evans.

"In that time, the reservoir levels dropped," Evans said. The Navy states water production is ongoing and it is concentrating on refilling its tanks to safe levels.

Affected areas include Santa Rita, Agat, Sinifa, Cabras, the vicinity of the Taj Mahal Apartments and the former Micronesia Hotel, a Navy press release stated.

However, the Fena cutoff also affected residents in Piti, Asan, Maina, Mongmong, Toto, Maite and Barrigada, said Guam Waterworks Authority spokesman Art Perez.

The problem is expected to persist through tomorrow, both the Navy and Guam Waterworks Authority said.

June 27, 2006

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