Guam EPA declares 11 beaches polluted islandwide

BAY: Matåla Beach, near the mouth of Talofofo Bay, is seen littered with trash. The Guam Environmental Protection Agency has declared the bay's waters unsafe for swimming this weekend. Tihu Lujan/The Guam Daily Post

Eleven of 43 beaches tested for bacteria-laden waters were identified as polluted this week, stated the Guam Environmental Protection Agency.

The polluted beaches are:

• Bangi Beach in Agat

• Adelup Beach Park

• Asan Bay Beach

• West Hagåtña Bay and park

• Merizo Pier and Mamaon Channel

• Piti Santos Memorial

• Talofofo Bay

• Togcha Bay

• Dungca's Beach in Tamuning

• Toguan Bay

• Umatac Bay

Risk of illness

Swimming, fishing or playing in unsafe waters may result in minor illnesses such as sore throats or diarrhea. It may also result in more serious illnesses such as meningitis, encephalitis or severe gastroenteritis, the Guam EPA cautioned. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of getting sick when they come into contact with contaminated water.

No jellyfish warning

There is no jellyfish advisory this weekend, according to the agency.