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Popular tourist attractions without working restrooms

by Krystal Paco

Guam - When nature calls, you may find yourself with an out-of-order restroom. Sewage problems are forcing the Department of Parks and Recreation to close restrooms at two popular tourist attractions.

According to agency director Pete Calvo, restrooms at the Matapang Beach Park in Tumon are closed. "We believe that quite possibly the sewer line may have been impacted by the sinking of the parking lot, so were going to take at that. So we're going to close it temporarily because it is having back up problems," he explained.

Calvo says Fort Soledad in Umatac is also experiencing a similar problem, saying, "The old restroom is where the septic tank was actually built, however, the new restroom utilizes that septic tank. And it's further down the hill because it hasn't had a problem for a number of years it kind of was forgotten and out of the way and so were presently now trying to look for a contractor to go in and clear that area where the septic tank is."

Despite a few out-of-order restrooms, Calvo says other park restrooms are well maintained because of an active contract with Advance Management. "They've done an excellent job in keeping the general public pleased that the restrooms are clean and usable, whereas in the past we always had problems with restrooms that had basically given the department a very bad blemish," he explained.

"This contract has been good for Guam and it has benefited our tourism industry," Calvo concluded. "And the general public and we want to keep these services provided - we have had some challenges and we are trying to work out those challenges."

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