Senator calls oversight hearing for update on the Hagatna pool

The Agana Pool is said to be beyond repair. (PNC file photo)

Senator Kelly Marsh Taitano has scheduled an oversight hearing with the Department of Parks and Recreation to address the situation at the Hagåtña pool.

The oversight hearing is meant to update the community on the department’s work on the pool and the upgraded filtration system needed. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, February 7 at 5:15 pm at the Public Hearing Room of the Guam Congress Building.

In a release, the senator said, “The issues at the Hagåtña pool have unfortunately been longstanding and persisted through multiple administrations.”

“It is unfortunate that for i manhoben, i manåmko’ and many others, these problems have not been attended to appropriately in the past, and that we have come to the point where the system must be completely replaced.”

The Senator goes on the say, “DPR has been consistently underfunded for years,” and that she continues to push for more funds, to ensure clean parks and properly funded pools for the community.

The Agana pool has been closed since January 16, after the algae-green waters tested positive for high chlorine levels and coliform. In an update last Wednesday, officials said it may remain closed for months until a new filtration system has been purchased and installed.

The problem caught the attention of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, who allotted a budget to replace the current filtration system, which has been in place since the early 80s.