EPA: All Guam beaches unsafe for swimming

MURKY: Rainwater runoff from Tropical Storm Kammuri on Wednesday muddies Hagåtña Bay, as seen from the cliff at Adelup. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency’s Beach Watch Program is issuing an  advisory that includes all 43 beaches due to the large amount of rain runoff from Tropical Storm Kammuri.

Storm water runoff, pooled water or areas of flooding may contain high concentrations of unsafe bacteria.

Guam EPA staff typically samples 43 beaches every week to test for the presence of bacteria in the water. This week, staff will not be gathering samples due to weather conditions of excessive rain, strong winds, and high surf brought by Tropical Storm Kammuri. Guam EPA staff conducted visual inspections of all 43 recreational beaches and recommends that all beaches be placed under advisory, the agency stated. Normal sampling will resume next week.

Guam EPA is urging residents to stay safe. Recreational activities in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. They may 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 into contact with contaminated water.

For more information, email beach.report@epa.guam.gov or call Guam EPA at 300-4750.

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