GEPA: 14 beaches polluted

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The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 18, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Agat Togcha Beach – Cemetery; Asan Adelup Beach Park; Adelup Point Beach (West); Asan Bay Beach; Tanguisson Beach; Hagatna Bayside Park; Hagatna Channel – Outrigger Ramp; Padre Palomo Park Beach; Inarajan Bay; Piti Bay; Talofofo Bay; East Hagåtña Bay – Trinchera Beach; Naton Beach – Fujita; and Umatac Toguan Bay

According to GEPA, swimming, fishing or playing in these 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.

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