Guam EPA declares ‘All Clear’ for Guam Community College

13 August 2014

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) at noon today declared ‘All Clear’ for the Guam Community College’s (GCC) onsite water distribution system (OWDS), following several days of being under a Boil Water Notice period.

The declaration follows two straight days of negative laboratory results of samples that were collected on Monday and Tuesday. Guam EPA’s Water Quality Response Team (WQRT) worked with officials from the college since last week – including into the wee hours of the morning on Saturday and Sunday – to disinfect and decontaminate the college’s OWDS.

“This marks the end of the Boil Water Notice period for GCC, and it enables the institution to focus on what it does best: educating,” Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios said.

As a result of the aggressive super-chlorination efforts, GCC’s OWDS is now one of the cleanest systems on the island.

“I am pleased with the level of attention and resources that GCC invested in this process, and the haste by which its officials acted to get where we are today. My Water Quality Response Team is also to be commended for working diligently on this critical project,” Palacios added. “In the end, our teams worked collaboratively and never lost sight of the same hoped-for result.”

Guam EPA’s Water Quality Response Team consisted of the following technical professionals: Jerry Aquino, Carmencita Cortez, Ed Ibay, Angel Marquez, Arlene Paulino, Rudy Paulino, Tammy Jo Taft and Edelisa Yanit.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Guam EPA’s Public Information Officer Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4761, 988-7582; or email at TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov.