CNMI utility still losing most of its water

7:43 am on 15 February 2017

The Northern Marianas utilities agency has done little to fix its long standing water retention problem.

Northern Marianas College

Photo: RNZ Mark Rabago

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation is continuing to lose up to three quarters of the drinking water in its pipes, according to a recent report by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency said that meant only a fraction of the revenue was able to be raised.

The corporation has been debt ridden for years, affecting its ability to improve systems.

Water is being lost because of leaks, non-metered customers, broken or inaccurate meters, and illegal connections.