GEPA: 7 recreational waters polluted

GEPA staff typically sample 43 beaches every week to test for the presence of bacteria in the water. (File photo)

The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on December 02, 2021, identified that the following seven (7) recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Agat Bangi Beach, Togcha Beach – Cemetery, Asan Adelup Beach Park, Inarajan Bay, Piti Santos Memorial, Talofofo Bay, and Umatac Toguan 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.