by Nick Delgado
Guam - The US Environmental Protection Agency issued a letter to the Guam Waterworks Authority that identifies numerous deficiencies in GWA's drinking water supply systems. USEPA uncovered the deficiency during an inspection and sanitary survey conducted back in May. The feds issued a news brief noting while the deficiencies do not pose an immediate health threat, EPA's inspection revealed a pattern of poor maintenance that could lead to further deterioration eventually impacting water quality. GWA is being given 45 days from receipt of the letter to consult with EPA on how it intends to address the 40 significant deficiencies.
The inspection report also noted that regulated chemical contaminants such as chlordane, ethylene dibromide, perchloroethylene and trichloroethyelene have been found in GWA drinking water wells, but currently there are no drinking water quality violations for these contaminants.