If you’re planning to go to the island’s beach parks this 4th of July weekend, be aware that the results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on July 01, 2020, identified that the following five recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards: Togcha Beach – Cemetery; Hagatna Bayside Park; West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain; Merizo Pier – Mamaon Channel; and 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.