Guam EPA: Latest Tests Still Find Find Total Coliform; Negative for E. Coli; Boil Water Notice Still in Effect

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Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 -The latest laboratory samples analyzed by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency today indicate there is no longer E. coli in the water system in Mangilao.

The findings were generated from samples taken on Saturday in these villages, as well as at multiple points throughout the island.

For the third consecutive day, there remained the presence of Total Coliform in water systems in Mangilao and Barrigada, so the agency is maintaining its boil water notices for these villages.

Residents in these villages are still encouraged to boil water before using it to drink, cook, prepare food and brush teeth. Residents with healthy immune systems may shower and bathe so long as they do not ingest any water. Residents with weak immune systems and infants are encouraged to continue using boiled water for showering and bathing.

Results from the Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth Affairs came back negative.

Results from Talofofo Elementary School also came back negative, thanks to immediate proactive efforts by Guam Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Rob Malay and his team.

Guam EPA collected samples again today and will continue to test the drinking water in Mangilao and Barrigada every day and until the samples return without contamination for two consecutive days. Guam EPA will continue to provide daily updates via media and the Agency’s website: epa.guam.gov.

“I thank my Water Quality Response Team — Jerry Aquino, Carmencita Cortez, Ed Ibay, Angel Marquez, Arlene Paulino, Rudy Paulino, Tammy Jo Taft and Edelisa Yanit — for working diligently, tirelessly and competently through this process,” Guam EPA administrator Eric M. Palacios said.