Guam EPA Beach Report: 1 Closed; Advisories on 12 Others

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Guam – The Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s weekly Beach Report shows 1 beach closed and advisories are out on 12 others.

The closure and advisories are the result of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, January 13 which identified the following recreational waters as being polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

Number of beach closures: 1

West Hagåtña Bay remains closed (as it has for years now) due to the intended or continued use of the old fractured outfall at the Hagåtña Sewage Treatment Plant as emergency and/or bypass overflow. The area closed includes Hagåtña Boat Basin & Channel and the West Hagåtña Beach Park.

Number of beach advisories: 12

TAMUNING
East Hagåtña Bay – Alupang Towers Beach

ASAN
Asan Bay Beach

PITI
Santos Memorial Park

AGAT
Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Bangi Beach

UMATAC
Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay

MERIZO
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

INARAJAN
Inarajan Pool, Inarajan Bay

TALOFOFO
Talofofo Bay, Togcha Bay

(Place names as spelled in United States Geological Survey [USGS] maps.)

No harvesting or consumption of seaweed, fish or marine organisms is allowed at Tanguisson Beach.

Swimming, fishing or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. It might 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 Division. Since 1974, Guam EPA has performed this community service weekly. The Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division takes water samples of 42 recreational beaches every Thursday* and analyzes the samples for concentrations of the enterococcus bacteria indicator.

Advisories are based on an instantaneous standard of not greater than 104 enterococci/100 ml and a geometric mean standard of not greater than 35 enterococci/100 ml. *Adjustments are made during official holidays.

Questions about the Recreational Waters Pollution Report should be directed to the Guam EPA Monitoring Section at 475-1656/8

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For more information, please also visit http://www.guamepa.net, http://www.epa.gov/ostwater/beaches/local/sum2.html