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SAIPAN’S CAPITAL HILL GETS 24-HOUR WATER SERVICE Project backed by federal grant

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety,Nov. 25, 2008 ) – Over 1,000 residents on Capital Hill will be enjoying 24 hours, seven days a week water service.

This, according to Pete Sasamoto, Water Task Force coordinator, will be a huge relief for households who used to get water for a few hours each day.

Mr. Sasamoto said the daily water services were made possible by the completion of the one-million-gallon reservoir rehabilitation project on Tapochau Road, Friday.

"1,027 households will be the beneficiaries of 24-hour water services, but they have been receiving regular water supply since October this year," Sasamoto said.

He added the contract amount reached US$319,759.93.

Work began on April 7 and was finished last month, or two months ahead of the original target completion on Dec. 19, Sasamoto said.

It was funded by a federal grant administered by the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.

Maeda Corp. was the project contractor.

The newly refurbished reservoir is providing water to households on Capital Hill, Wireless Ridge, I Denni, Talofofo, Agag and at the Mobil station at the intersection toward Kagman.

The U.S. Navy erected the reservoir in 1954.

Sasamoto said the reservoir had been in a dilapidated state for the past years.

"The reservoir holds up to one-million gallons but the water being stored was very limited because of the leaks, hence the limited supply of water to the households, but with everything as good as new, the residents could expect a regular water supply," he added.

A federal grant amounting to $240,239.26 for the tank was provided by NMHC while another US$79,520.67 in federal grant funded the paving of the reservoir.

Spearheading the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday were Water Task Force chairman Lt. Gov. Tim Villagomez, Commonwealth Utilities Corporation Executive Director Antonio Muna, NMHC Director Joshua Sasamoto, capital improvement projects coordinator Keith Aughenbaugh of the Office of Insular Affairs and Pete Sasamoto. 

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