Guam EPA issues advisory for Inarajan and Asan/Piti Bay given sewage leaks

24 September 2013

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today issued advisories for Inarajan Bay and Piti Bay.

Sewage leaks have been identified in the vicinity of both Inarajan and Piti Bay. Residents are advised not to go in the water in either bay until further notice.

Raw sewage poses a significant threat to the environment and increases public health risks. Guam EPA is consulting with the Department of Public Health to determine if either bay needs to be closed.

“We want to thank the village mayors and residents who notified us about the situation,” said acting Guam EPA Administrator Walter Leon Guerrero. “Any other residents with information about wastewater overflows or leaks can report them to Guam EPA at 300-4751 or through our website.”

Guam EPA will announce when the advisory 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 the advisory 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.