What’s wrong with the Hagatna pool this time?

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The Agana Pool was closed so that the Guam Environmental Protection Agency can perform water quality tests.

What is wrong with the Hagatna pool this time?  It’s closed yet again today.

According to a release issued Thursday night by Parks and Rec director Richard Ybanez, the Hagatna Pool is closed so that the Guam Environmental Protection Agency can perform water quality tests.

The results of the tests are expected by this afternoon.

Ybanez says that Parks and Rec sought Guam EPA’s assistance to ensure that the pool is safe to swim in.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of pool patrons,” states Ybanez in his release. “That is why we asked GEPA to independently assess the pool’s water quality.”

Ybanez’s release does not indicate why safety is an issue or what prompted the request for testing, or how long the pool will be closed.

“We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” he said.

The public will be advised when the pool is ready to be re-opened and he apologized for the inconvenience.

READ Ybanez’s release in FULL below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2020

Hagåtña, Guam – The Agana Pool will be closed on Friday, January 17, 2020, while the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) performs tests on water quality. The results of the tests are expected Friday afternoon.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) sought GEPA’s assistance to ensure the safety of pool patrons. It will advise the public of the pool’s reopening.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of pool patrons. That is why we asked GEPA to independently assess the pool’s water quality.

While we apologize for the inconvenience, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” said Richard Ybanez, Director of DPR.

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