by Krystal Paco
Guam - It's good news for residents as the Guam Environmental Protection Agency announces the island's groundwater is not under the direct influence of its surface water.
GEPA administrator Eric Palacios says this follows results from comprehensive testings done at the island's wells throughout the year.
He said, "The contrary would've meant that GWA and the military would have had to upgrade its entire infrastructure from wells to distribution lines. The costs associated with that would've been tremendous upwards of $300 million."
Acting Governor Ray Tenorio adds that this is a convenience not all islands are fortunate to have.
"When you go to your tap in your kitchen or your bathroom and you're brushing your teeth, you don't have to worry about the condition of the water. It is safe," he said.
This means Guam's surface water does not need to be regulated under the applicable federal and local surface water treatment rules.
Nonetheless, Palacios assures GEPA will remain diligent at ensuring residents get the highest quality water.