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Grants office funds repair for Kagman water distribution lines

(Office of the Governor) — The Office of Grants Management and State Clearinghouse or OGM-SC under the Office of the Governor has initiated the full repair of two Kagman Agricultural Water Well Stations this week under the Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs Maintenance Assistance Program.

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Personnel from the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. perform repairs to KG-20 with funding secured by the Office of Grants Management and State Clearinghouse under the Office of the Governor through the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs Maintenance Assistance Program.  Office of the Governor photo
According to the OGM-SC Administrator Epiphanio E. Cabrera Jr., Kagman water wells KG-18 and KG-20 have been experiencing outages for quite some time greatly affecting the water supply to the Kagman agricultural area.

“The complete repair of these major water distribution lines will assist the Kagman agricultural area in stabilizing their water supply. At the same, a new voltage control monitor will be installed to regulate the distribution line and we expect more improvements in the near future. CUC has played a critical role in the completion of these projects with KG-20 back up and running as of Monday. We can expect to see the gallons produced by this well to increase with the newly improved pump,” Cabrera said.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres emphasized that these repairs should prevent water outages for farmers and ranchers.

“Strengthening our water distribution lines in one of our largest agricultural areas is critical to local food production. In addition to these repairs, we’ve been looking at different ways to improve agricultural production and reduce costs associated with farming. In Saipan alone, we know that more than 75 percent of the island’s vegetables and fruit originate from Kagman farm plots. As a farmer, I recognize the need to fully restore the wells so that farmers can get the resources to provide for their families and produce for the community. I thank our grants team and CUC for continuing to assist our departments in their endeavors and enhance our community services,” Governor Torres said.

Secretary of Lands and Natural Resources Anthony Benavente emphasized that the improved water wells will help mitigate pump issues due to the huge amount of water flowing into the area.

“Wells KG-18 and KG-20 provide upwards of 64,000 gallons of water per day to these farm plots and water supply outages run the risk of compromising a harvest. We thank OGM and the Division of Agriculture for providing the assistance to our local farmers. At the same time, we look forward to improving our agricultural practices to offer crop varieties and increase productivity soon,” Benavente said.