GEPA: 27 recreational waters polluted

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GEPA staff typically sample 43 beaches every week to test for the presence of bacteria in the water. (File photo)

The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on October 14, 2021, identified that the following 27 recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Agat Bangi Beach
Nimitz Beach
North of Agat Marina, south of Chaligan Creek
Togcha Beach – Cemetery
Togcha Beach – Namo
Asan Adelup Beach Park
Adelup Point Beach (West)
Asan Bay Beach
Chalan Pago Pago Bay
Hagatna Bayside Park
Hagatna Channel
Hagatna Channel – Outrigger Ramp
West Hagatna Bay – Park
West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain

Inarajan Bay
Inarajan Pool

Merizo Merizo Pier – Mamaon Channel
Piti Bay

Port Authority Beach
Santos Memorial
Talofofo Bay
Tamuning Dungca’s Beach

East Hagåtña Bay – Trinchera Beach
Gun Beach
Umatac Toguan Bay
Umatac Bay
Yona Tagachang Beach

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. The EMAS Division takes water samples of 43 recreational beaches every Thursday and analyzes the samples for concentrations of the enterococcus bacteria indicator.

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