GEPA: 6 beaches polluted

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The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on March 04, 2021, identified that the following six recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards: Agat Bangi Beach; Nimitz Beach; Togcha Beach – Cemetery; Dededo Tanguisson Beach; Hagatna West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain; Talofofo Bay.

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.

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