Environmental Protection

EPA Sends Guam Waterworks Authority Notice for Water Quality

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasissued a notice to the water authority in Guam for issued with the water supply system. The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) was inspected by the EPA in May of this year. It was discovered to have deficiencies in the drinking water supply system.

The EPA states that there is no immediate threat due to these discrepancies. However, the agency does point out that gaps in the GWA’s supply system maintenance could lead to deterioration in the future of both the systems 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 forty-five days, the EPA and the GWA can consult on correcting the 40 cited deficiencies. Guam Waterworks must them provide a detailed plan and schedule for improving the state of the water quality.

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

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