2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 20:06:33 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, EXPANSION: Guam water well
Navy re-examines well: Could provide 1 million gallons of water

By Brett Kelman
Pacific Daily News (GU)
October 11, 2010

An unusual, sideways water well that once skimmed the aquifer under Upper Tumon could be transferred from the Navy to the Guam Waterworks Authority, becoming the agency's most productive well just as the buildup demands more drinking water.

This "Maui-style" well hasn't been used in more than 10 years, but the facility is intact, built into the cliffside behind the Slingshot in Tumon. The well was built in the late 1940s and was used consistently for five decades, according to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas.


According to an assessment by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the well once produced more than 30 percent of all the water needed by Andersen Air Force Base. But then, 15 years ago, water tests found contamination.

The assessment states the well was shut down in 1995 after it tested positive for tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, which is used for dry cleaning and metal degreasing.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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