GEPA: 6 beaches polluted

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The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 5, 2020, identified six recreational waters that were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards.

They are: Bangi Beach, Asan Bay Beach, Pago Bay, Hagatna Bayside Park, Outhouse Beach, and 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.

GEPA warns that 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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