Guam EPA and DPHSS Announce the Closure of Inarajan Bay Due to Sewage

 

Joint Press Release
September 24, 2013:3:25pm
Press Release No. 2013-070

Guam EPA and DPHSS Announce the Closure of Inarajan Bay Due to Sewage

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) working
with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today issued a
closure for Inarajan Bay.

A sewage leak has been identified in the near vicinity and is affecting
the water quality of the bay. Residents are advised not to go in the water
at Inarajan Bay until further notice.

Raw sewage poses a significant threat to the environment and increases
public health risks. DPHSS and Guam EPA will continue to work together
to monitor the situation. Guam EPA's Monitoring and Analytical Services
Division will be taking samples to test for bacteria in the water.

DPHSS and Guam EPA will announce when the closure is lifted on the Agency's
website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

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.

For more information about beach closures, contact DPHSS's Public Information Officer
Bertha Taijeron at 735-7125 or via email at bertha.taijeron@dphss.guamdev.com

For more information about the testing, contact Guam EPA's Public Information Officer
Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4751/52/53, 988-7582 or email
at TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov*
FAX: (671) 734-5910
www.dphss.guamdev.com

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