26 Feb 2015
(DEQ) â" The Division of Environmental Quality analyzes water samples collected from Saipanâs recreational beaches and storm drainages every Tuesday.
Samples collected from the following locations contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria â" enterococci â" that exceeded CNMI marine water quality standards.
These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water.
However, studies have shown that storm water runoff in tropical environments may also contain these bacteria from the natural environment, which may not be directly associated with public health concerns.
Still, to adequately address public health concerns, DEQ has given the following locations a red flag and advises the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified:
Tanapag Meeting Hall
Hafa Adai HotelÂ Â
Garapan Fishing Dock
For more information, call DEQ at 664-8500.