The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on February 20, 2020, identified that six recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards.
They are Togcha Beach – Cemetery, Asan Bay Beach, Tanguisson Beach, Hagatna Bayside Park, Inarajan Bay, and Talofofo Bay.
GEPA warned 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.