Guam EPA Weekly Beach Report: 13 Advisories, 1 Closed

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Guam – The Guam EPA weekly Beach Report lists Advisories on 18 beaches and the same beach remains closed.

 


The Recreational Waters Pollution Report is compiled by Guam EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division.

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.

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 results of samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, March 15 identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:

BEACH ADVISORIES: 13

HAGATNA

West Hagatna Bay – West Storm Drain

ASAN
Adelup Point Beach (West)

PITI
Piti Bay, Santos Memorial Park

AGAT
Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Togcha Beach – near Southern Christian Academy, Nimitz Beach

UMATAC
Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay

MERIZO
Merizo Pier at Mamaon Channel

INARAJAN
Inarajan Pool

TALOFOFO
Talofofo Bay

CHALAN PAGO
Pago Bay

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

BEACHES CLOSED: 1

[SEE ADVISORY ABOVE]
West Hagåtña Bay is currently closed 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.

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

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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 [ adjustments are made during official holidays] and analyzes the samples for concentrations of the enterococcus bacteria indicator.

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

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