Funds will go towards improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure
The U.S. EPA has awarded $2.1 million to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment. EPA also has awarded $10.1 million to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure improvements.
“The CNMI government has been a great partner in environmental protection,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “We are pleased to support both BECQ and CUC programs that are committed to achieving a better environment for all the residents of CNMI.”
BECQ uses EPA funding to support inspections, emergency responses, radon assessments, coral reef protection, monitoring of beaches and water quality, drinking water improvements, cleanups of contaminated lands and polluted streams, and support for safe use of pesticides.
EPA’s award of Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Infrastructure Funds to CUC will support projects to increase 24-hour drinking water service to customers, enhance drinking water quality, prevent water pollution and replace water supply lines. The funds also support improvements to island-wide sewer pump stations, wastewater treatment plants and sewer system lines.
“The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation and the CNMI in general are very grateful for the continued support by the EPA in providing needed funding and technical expertise to assist CUC in developing the necessary water and wastewater infrastructure required for our growing communities,” said CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho.