The General Manager of APUA and three other APUA managers were invited to Cabinet to address responsibilities assigned to each of them.
The Manager responsible for broadband services reported that fiber to the home project in the southern zone is ongoing and a schedule of their progress is to be shared with customers.
The supply-chain challenge that plagues industry globally is causing a slowdown in the delivery of supplies and equipment ordered by APUA.
Nationally, the Project should be completed by June of 2022.
APUA will report once more to cabinet in four weeks or in mid-November on the revenue it earns from broadband services and a price structure that can fit the pockets of indigent families.
The Manager of the Water Division indicated that the dependence on desalinated water is still paramount.
However, it is evident that the revenue from water sales falls far below the production, such that APUA is persuaded that leakage and theft of water account for their losses.
The Manager with responsibility for electricity was asked to explain recent outages. He attributed outages primarily to maintenance work which is scheduled and published each week.
APUA electricity provides the water division with fiscal support, since water is a loss-leader.
What is the Global Supply Chain Problem?
Grocery shoppers are paying more for their favorite foods. Assembly plants are waiting for parts. Trucking companies are scrambling to recruit new drivers. And Americans are worried about gifts arriving in time for the holidays.
Businesses and consumers are feeling the squeeze of a global supply chain under duress as the world economy navigates the latest stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
President Joe Biden said Oct. 13 that companies like UPS, FedEx and Walmart would expand their business hours, and that the Port of Los Angeles would open around the clock to keep goods moving and ease the supply issues affecting everything from holiday shopping to home remodeling.
But experts say it could take months to work through the backlogs exacerbated by labor shortages and other pandemic-related disruptions up and down the supply chain, leaving store shelves depleted and Americans facing higher prices as they prepare to shop for the holidays.
“We had a series of smoldering issues that had been around for a while, and then COVID was kind of the needle that broke the camel’s back,” said Robert Handfield, a professor of operations and supply chain management at North Carolina State University. “Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a mess, and it’s going to take some time to address.”
The International Monetary Fund cited supply chain issues as one reason that it’s scaling back its projections for global economic growth. And Moody’s Analytics, a financial research firm, warned in a recent report that those disruptions “will get worse before they get better.”
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