The Environmental Protection Agency (epa) of Guam, an island in the Pacific Ocean and a territory of the us, has made beach-monitoring signs compulsory.
These signs will inform beachgoers how clean the water is and if it has acceptable bacterial levels. Until now, about 44 signs in English and Chamorro, the local language, have been put up on Guam beaches.
The epa has been collecting water samples from the beaches on a weekly basis since 1974 to determine the water quality. At present, seven beaches have high bacterial levels and are deemed unfit for swimming, fishing or other water activities.
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