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EPA awards $7.8 million to Guam for water infrastructure projects

Contact Information: 
Dean Higuchi (higuchi.dean@epa.gov)

HONOLULU – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $7.8 million to Guam for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure support.

“This much-needed funding will help Guam provide cleaner, safer drinking water, while protecting its coral reefs,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “We will continue to support Guam Waterworks Authority’s efforts to ensure safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for the residents of Guam.”

Since 2010, EPA has awarded over $65 million in Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA), which provides utility services to residents for the design and construction of water and wastewater infrastructure. Past projects include wastewater collection system upgrades along Route 1 in Asan, Route 2 along the War in the Pacific National Park, Route 4 in Agana and the Agat/Santa Rita area.

This year’s funding will upgrade drinking water booster stations, and develop a remote monitoring and control system to manage drinking water distribution and wastewater collection networks. Of the $7.8 million awarded, $1 million will be spent for in-kind technical services to maintain GWA’s infrastructure facilities and leak-detection program.

The EPA’s Pacific Southwest (Region 9) administers and enforces federal environmental laws in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations, and is home to more than 50 million people.