Environmental Protection

EPA Sends Guam Waterworks Authority Notice on Water Quality

The agency has informed the GWA there are deficiencies in water quality, based on a May 2012 inspection.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a notice to the water authority in Guam. The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) was inspected by EPA in May 2012, revealing deficiencies in the drinking water supply system.

EPA states there is no immediate threat due to these discrepancies but also says gaps in GWA's supply system maintenance could lead to deterioration in the future of both the system and the water's quality.

Guam Waterworks' only violation currently "is an excessive level of chemicals formed as a by-product of the disinfection process used to control harmful microbes," according to a statement on the EPA website.

For the next 45 days, EPA and GWA can consult on correcting the 40 cited deficiencies. Guam Waterworks must then provide a detailed plan and schedule for improving the situation.

More information about this notice and the full letter sent by EPA, visit the agency's website.

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