GEPA advisory: 4 beaches polluted

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The results of 43 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on July 23, 2020, identified that four recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards.

They are: Hagatna Bayside Park; Hagatna Channel – Outrigger Ramp; West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain; and Merizo Merizo Pier – Mamaon Channel.

According to GEPA, 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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