GEPA: 11 beaches polluted

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The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on February 17, 2021, identified that the following 11 recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Bangi Beach, Togcha Beach – Cemetery, Adelup Beach Park, Pago Bay, Padre Palomo Park Beach, West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain, Inarajan Bay, Merizo Merizo Pier – Mamaon Channel, Piti Bay, Talofofo Bay, and Toguan Bay.

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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