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Over 280 personnel involved in CUC restoration program

MORE than 280 utility personnel, including off-island volunteers, are involved in the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s restoration program, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

These include a CUC trades supervisor, foremen, linemen, trades assistants, engineering staff members, meter inspectors, surveyors, information system and radio communication personnel and administrative staff who are assigned to operations command center support.

Camacho said internal support staff members were assigned to water operations which include power generation trades and technical personnel, meter readers and meter technicians, safety officers and fiscal technicians assisting with work orders.

The power experts include 41 personnel from Guam Power Authority; 44 from Primary Source Electric who were assigned to Saipan and Tinian; 10 from Pohnpei Utilities Corporation; two from Kosrae Utilities Authority; and four from CUC Rota.

Camacho said three days after Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian, GPA sent assistance.

GPA also brought materials, Camacho said, adding that without the supplies “we would have nothing to do for the first two and half weeks.”

He said GPA is performing an assessment of the power transmission and distribution system.

Commonwealth Utilities Corp. personnel work on the primary lines along a road in Koblerville.  Contributed photoCommonwealth Utilities Corp. personnel work on the primary lines along a road in Koblerville. Contributed photo

As for the CUC water personnel involved in the restoration program, Camacho said they include 37 water operators, five water laboratory personnel, eight engineers, five engineering technicians and three administrative staff.

He said the internal support staffers assigned to water operations included four CUC Rota personnel, one meter reader and 10 customer center/call center staff members.

Camacho said 12 personnel from Guam Waterworks Authority arrived last week to assist with stabilizing the water system.

Among CUC’s wastewater personnel, 21 wastewater operators and two administrative staff members are involved in the restoration program, Camacho added.

Camacho said numerous materials have arrived since last month, including pole-mounted transformers, concrete and wooden power poles, spans of conductors and various hardware materials from the Guam Power Authority and U.S. mainland vendors.

Seventy-eight wood and 20 concrete power poles for Saipan and Tinian arrived on Dec. 2.

An additional 60 wood power poles for Saipan and Tinian arrived the following day, he added.