The results of 42 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on August 06, 2020, identified that five recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards.
They are: Nimitz Beach, Tanguisson Beach, West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain, Talofofo Bay, and Gognga Beach – Okura Beach
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.