VIDEO: Guam EPA Declares ‘All Clear’ for Barrigada; Boil Water Notice Remains in Effect for GCC

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Guam – Tte Guam EPA gave the all clear for the village of Barrigada Thursday afternoon. 

 

Just one-street was still under the “Boil Water” notice that was lifted after 2-consecutive days of negative readings.

The only area that remains under a “Boil Water” notice is the Guam Community College campus in Mangilao.

GCC has shut down all potable water sources like the faucets in the bathrooms. Hand sanitizers have been made available. And they’ve put up notices at drinking fountains advising students and faculty of the GEPA’s warning.

GCC Spokeswoman Jayne Flores says they hope the notice will be lifted Friday.

Flores said the “Boil Water” notice is an inconvenience, but a necessity. She said safety is the primary concern.

READ the release from Guam EPA below:

Thursday, Aug. 7 – The Guam Environmental Protection Agency today issued the ‘All Clear’ for Barrigada, relative to the Boil Water Notice (BWN) that had been in effect for the district since last week.

Today’s announcement follows two consecutive days’ of clean readings from samples that were collected along Chalan Eskuelan San Vicente Street.

“I am relieved to have gotten through this situation in Barrigada as quickly as we did,” Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios said. “But we’ve still got work to do to help the Guam Community College get in the clear.”

At present, the BWN for GCC remains in effect. Guam EPA technical personnel are actively working with officials from the college and the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) to mitigate the contamination.

“I am glad to report that GCC officials are aggressively handling the situation,” Palacios added. “Our team will just as aggressively assist them through the decontamination process.”

Guam EPA will continue to work with GWA as well as other operators of public waters supply systems to monitor and protect the island’s drinking water supply.

For more information about the advisory or to arrange an interview contact Guam EPA’s Public Information Officer Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4761, 988-7582 or email at TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov.