25 Oct 2010

CNMI utility emergency declaration renewed once again

8:14 pm on 25 October 2010

Equipment failures and hiring problems were among the reasons given by the governor of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, for his latest extension of a state of emergency for the Commonwealth Utilities Corporaton.

The governor says since September, the corporation has had to rent vehicles because its own were in such bad condition they are dangerous.

The Corporation also has had to rent backhoes for performing routine water and wastewater operation.

Meanwhile the best candidates identified for managerial positions at the Drinking Water and Wastewater Divisions have declined the job offers.

The governor says the corporation continues to suffer an unprecedented number of waterline breaks and resultant water loss.

He first put the utility under emergency declaration more than two years ago.