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DOI Supports Health and Water Projects In American Samoa



September 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. – The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta, today signed a Capital Improvement Project grant award in the amount of $405,853 to support two projects aimed at addressing growing demands on health care services and improving the delivery of potable water.

The grant makes $254,505 available to the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA); allowing ASPA to make continuing improvements to the Manu'a Water System. The upgrades will greatly improve the quality of services delivered to the residents in the villages of Ta'u and Faleasao. In addition, the remainder of the grant, $151,348 will go toward constructing an extension to the Tafuna Family Health Center. The new wing will accommodate offices, a conference room, and greater storage space for patient records. The outpatient mental health services unit will also be expanded.

"I am pleased to support Governor Tulafono and the priorities of his Administration. The improvements that will be made to ASPA will greatly enhance the quality of services delivered to residents in the villages of Ta'u and Faleasao, providing them with safe and reliable, potable water. Additionally, the expansion of the Family Health Center will help meet growing healthcare demands by providing Tafuna residents with managed care that is more efficient and specialized to meet the community needs," said Babauta.