The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on November 12, 2020, identified that 20 recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards. They are:
Agat Bangi Beach
North of Agat Marina, south of Chaligan Creek
Togcha Beach – Cemetery
Asan Adelup Beach Park
Adelup Point Beach (West)
Asan Bay Beach
Chalan Pago Pago Bay
Hagatna Bayside Park
West Hagatna Bay – Park
West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain
Merizo Merizo Pier – Mamaon Channel
Port Authority Beach
Talofofo Talofofo Bay
Umatac Toguan Bay
GEPA warns that 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.