The Guam Environmental Protection Agency took 42 samples from recreational waters around the island on Oct. 30, according to a news release.
Samples from 15 areas tested above the level of acceptable bacteriological standards. They are:
• Agat: Bangi Beach, Togcha Beach
• Asan: Asan Bay Beach
• Chalan Pago: Pago Bay
• Hagåtña: Hagåtña Channel, West Hagåtña Bay-West Storm Drain
• Inarajan: Inarajan Bay
• Piti: Piti Bay, Santos Memorial Park
• Talofofo: Talofofo Bay, Togcha Bay
• Tamuning: Dungca's Beach, Dungca's Beach-Sleepy Lagoon, Gognga Beach-Okura Beach
• Umatac: Toguan Bay
GEPA warns that swimming, fishing or playing in polluted waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throat or diarrhea. It 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 in contact with contaminated water, GEPA officials note.