Residents of Saipan

Percentage of water lost

Population receiving water a few hours a day

Water, water everywhere...

Saipan is a U.S. territory in the Northern Mariana Islands with 40,000 residents and —until recently—a challenging water situation. The island was losing 70% of its potable water due to leaky pipes and theft. Drought and poor quality added to the problem, raising costs past what many people could afford. With nearly 15% of the population only receiving water a few hours a day and a potential public health crisis on its hands, Saipan needed a solution.

Tapping in to a better system.

Factors like drought can't be controlled. But delivery can. To improve the system, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands enlisted the help of CH2M Hill. The engineering company collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to develop machine-to-machine (M2M) technology that keeps track of the water supply’s movement throughout the system—and more importantly, where it’s being lost.

How It Works

Nov 7, 2014


Clean, dependable water is no longer a pipe dream.

The new system will enable Saipan to conserve water, saving $750K for each 10% reduction. The goal is to reduce loss associated with theft and leaking pipes by two-thirds over the next five years, which will save the community millions of dollars in energy costs, provide higher quality of water, and ensure that everyone receives water 24 hours a day.

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