EPA reports 16 Guam Beaches Polluted

Guam Beach

The results of 44 samples taken by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, September 24, 2015, identified that the following recreational waters were polluted above the accepted bacteriological standards:
– TAMUNING: Gognga Beach, East Hagåtña Bay – Alupang Towers Beach
– ASAN: Adelup Point Beach (West), Asan Bay Beach
– PITI: Santos Memorial Park, Port Authority Beach
– AGAT: Togcha Beach – near Namo River, Togcha Beach – Agat Park Beach, Togcha Beach – near Southern Christian Academy, Bangi Beach, Nimitz Beach
– UMATAC: Umatac Bay, Toguan Bay
– INARAJAN: Inarajan Bay
– TALOFOFO: Talofofo Bay, First Beach

EPA warns that 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 Recreational Waters Pollution Report is compiled by Guam EPA’s Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division. Since 1974, Guam EPA has performed this community service weekly. The Environmental Monitoring and Analytical Services Division takes water samples of 44 recreational beaches every Thursday and analyzes the samples for concentrations of the enterococcus bacteria indicator. 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. *Adjustments are made during official holidays.

Questions about the Recreational Waters Pollution Report should be directed to Monitoring Section at 671-300-4789 to 90.