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EPA Issues Warnings to Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Community Water Systems
Release Date: 5/15/2003
Contact Information: Contact: Dean Higuchi, (808) 541-2711
20 Small Systems Failed to Comply With Reporting Laws
SAN FRANCISCO B The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued warning letters to owners and operators of 19 community water systems on Saipan and one on Rota for failing to distribute annual water quality consumer confidence reports to their customers.
The warning letters give the owners and operators until July 1 to distribute the reports to their customers as required by the 1996 right-to-know provisions of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
"Consumer confidence reports are the centerpiece of the right-to-know rules," said Acting EPA Pacific Southwest Water Division Director Catherine Kuhlman. "These reports, which EPA developed in consultation with water suppliers, environmental groups, and the states, allow all water consumers to make practical, knowledgeable decisions about their health and their environment."
Certain individuals may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, people with HIV/AIDs or other immune system disorders, the elderly and infants can be particularly at risk from drinking contaminated water.
The following water systems were notified of their failure to distribute water quality reports and may be subject to EPA enforcement action and face fines if they do not meet federal requirements:
Water system Island Population Served
Sam Marianas Saipan 745
Uno Moda Corporation Saipan 778
Top Fasion Incorporated Saipan 1630
Tan Holdings/Dai-Ichi N. Saipan 44
Winners 2/Gualorai Branch Saipan 277
Modern Stationary Saipan 72
Japan Enterprise Barracks Saipan 198
World Int. Corp. Apartments Saipan 70
Rota Resort & Country Club Rota 223
Saipan Gold Beach Saipan 78
Riviera Resort Hotel Saipan 1081
Winners 2/Garden Motel Barracks Saipan 60
Kingfisher Golf Resort Saipan 140
CMS Quarry Saipan 103
Jin Apparel Garment Saipan 486
Grace International Saipan 380
Express Garment Manufactory Saipan 185
Tan Holdings/HillTop Company Saipan 37
Pang Jin/David Oh Barracks Saipan 166
Paradise Apartment Saipan 32
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