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Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant gets $122M Upgrade

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Source: Nathaniel Salas Dulla, Pacific Daily News
Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant gets $122M Upgrade

The Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant got a $122 million upgrade that will better protect Guam’s environmental resources and local marine life with its enhanced secondary treatment capabilities.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at the wastewater treatment plant in Dededo to celebrate the completion of the plant’s upgrades — a project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to implement more advanced treatment processes to be more environmentally friendly.

“We have changed the treatment process. Before, it was chemically enhanced primary treatment, and what we have now is advanced secondary treatment ... that produces a much cleaner effluent that gets discharged into the ocean,” said Miguel Bordallo, general manager of the Guam Waterworks Authority.

“They actually started earlier than we had hoped,” Bordallo said. “We had the plant online actually in March running through the new treatment processes ... since that time we’ve been producing effluent that meets secondary treatment standards and our permit requirements.”

Now that the plant is nearly completed, Bordallo also shared that GWA will be conducting proper training for the upgraded facility’s operators.

“I understand this is an over $120 million investment, and I just want to say it’s an investment very worthy,” said Gov. Lou Leon Guererro during the event. “This is really a great day for the people of Guam. This is a long time coming significant milestone for the people of Guam.”

This project has taken about six years since planning began in 2015 for the facility’s new upgrades.