As Guam beaches reopen, GEPA says 20 are polluted

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The results of 42 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on October 07, 2020, identified that the 20 recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards. They are:

Agat Bangi Beach
Nimitz Beach
Togcha Beach – Agat
Togcha Beach – Cemetery
Togcha Beach – Namo
Asan Adelup Beach Park
Adelup Point Beach (West)
Asan Bay Beach
Chalan Pago Pago Bay
Hagatna Hagatna Bayside Park

Hagatna Channel – Outrigger Ramp
Padre Palomo Park Beach
West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain

Inarajan Inarajan Bay
Piti Santos Memorial
United Seamen’s Service

Talofofo Talofofo Bay
Tamuning East Hagåtña Bay – Trinchera Beach
Umatac Toguan Bay
Umatac Bay

According to GEPA, swimming, fishing or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. It may also result in more serious illnesses such as meningitis, encephalitis, or severe gastroenteritis. Children, the elderly and
people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of getting sick when they come in contact with contaminated water.

The Recreational Waters Pollution Report is compiled by Guam EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services (EMAS) Division. Guam EPA has performed this community service weekly since 1974.

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