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DOD contributes additional $118M to GWA project

The Guam Waterworks Authority will be receiving about $118 million for upgrades to the Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant ahead of the upcoming military buildup.

The funding comes from a total of about $130 million in Department of Defense funding for civilian infrastructure projects, the bulk of which goes to GWA for upgrades to a northern wastewater treatment plant needed to service the influx of U.S. Marines and their families.

The funds are the balance of about $173 million committed to GWA. About $55 million was received last year, according to Consolidated Commission on Utilities member Simon Sanchez. The funds will support three projects. The treatment plant upgrades will need about $139 illion.

Another $30 million or so will go to improving sewer collection lines and about $4 million is reserved for monitoring water wells.

These projects were negotiated about seven years ago between DOD and GWA in conjunction with the CCU, according to Sanchez.

"They agreed to do it, but they also had to go through Congress. ... If you recall, there was a brief pause in the buildup because of some opposition and the requirement for a better master plan," Sanchez said.

"But there was no disagreement from the beginning ... that (DOD) would upgrade the (northern treatment) plant."

The design of the northern treatment plant upgrades is underway and Sanchez added that GWA would like to complete the plant renovation by 2021 to meet the buildup.

The northern plant also represents one of the more expensive single projects GWA will undertake as part of upgrading Guam's aged water infrastructure.

The upgrades to the Agat/Santa Rita Wastewater Treatment Plant cost about $60 million and was funded by ratepayers, who will also likely foot the bill for upgrades to the Hagåtña Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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