Update on emergency power and water interruption on Saipan

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(CUC) — The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. is currently experiencing electrical problems at its Power Plant I in Lower Base.

CUC electricians are assessing the electrical panels and switch gears in the control room at the power plant to determine the problem so they may make the necessary emergency repairs. Currently six different circuits have been de-energized (Kiya 1, 2, 3 and 4 along with Feeders 2 and 3) so that CUCs power plant personnel can safely work on the equipment. It is anticipated that the work will take approximately three to four hours to complete therefore power to the affected areas will remain off-line through 5 p.m. Thursday. Because the problem involves the electrical equipment in the power plant control room, multiple circuits encompassing a large part of the islands electrical grid are affected. If there is a change to the situation, CUC will inform the community.

Areas affected for power:

• Garapan, Lower Base, Puerto Rico. Chalan Laulau. San Jose. Chalan Kiya. As Terlaje, Kannat Tabla, Airport Road. San Vicente. Papago, Upper and Lower Dandan. Obyan.
As Perdido, As Lito. Koblerville. Afetnas. Fina Sisu, San Antonio, Susupe, China Town. As Gonno. Chalan Kanoa. Chalan Piao. Oleai, Gualo Rai and As Falape.

Areas Affected for Water·:

• Gualo Rai TSA: portion of Middle Road from Gualo Rai Road to Taro Sue;

• As Falape area;

• Dandan TSA: Lower Dandan. Portions of Kannat Tabla, As Lito, Pina Sisu, As Perdido
and Koblerville;

• Isley TSA: As Gonno. San Antonio. Afetnas, Chalan Kanoa. Chalan Piao. Susupe. Oleai and San Jose.

Restoration of water services to the affected areas will resume after power is restored. Customers in the affected areas will experience low pressure to no water for 2-3 hours as the water system pressure stabilizes.

CUC appreciates the public's understanding and patience and will continue to work diligently for better utility services.

For more information, contact the CUC Customer Call Center at 664-4282 or the CUC hotline at 236-4333. You can also monitor CUC’s Facebook page for the latest updates: www.facebook.com/CommonwealthUtilitiesCorporation


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