The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on January 23, 2020, warned that seven recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards
They are: Bangi Beach, Asan Bay Beach, Tanguisson Beach, Talofofo Bay, Dungca’s Beach, East Hagåtña Bay – Trinchera Beach, and Naton Beach – Matapang Beach Park
Swimming, fishing or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea, GEPA warned. 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.