The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on January 16, 2020, identified that five recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards.
They are: Bangi Beach; Togcha Beach – Cemetery; Asan Bay Beach; Padre Palomo Park Beach; and Tamuning Dungca’s 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.