Getting to the bottom of the Saipan water crisis

Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Recently obtained data from the CNMI Bureau of Coastal and Environmental Quality confirm what people on Saipan are saying: water service is getting worse.

I received the information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and wrote about the new data in an op-ed. I have also talked to Governor Torres to learn more about the problem.

Achieving 24-hour water for Saipan has been one of my top priorities since I entered office. Only 60 percent of Saipan families were getting round-the-clock service in 2008. But by 2013 that jumped to 94 percent after I increased annual federal funding from only $1 million to an average of $7 million — a total of $58 million since I started working here in Congress. CUC would have had to charge every customer $500 every year to get that much money invested in the water system.

I will continue working for the federal support we need to help get us back on track to 24-hour water for all.

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