The Division of Environmental Quality has red-flagged seven beaches on Saipan and advises the public not to fish or swim within 300 feet of these locations for the next 48 hours or until otherwise notified.
The affected sites are the Tanapag Meeting Hall, DPW Channel Bridge, South Puerto Rico dump, Hafa Adai Beach drainage, Garapan Fishing Dock, Civic Center Beach, and Chalan Piao Beach.
Samples collected from these locations contained excessive concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (enterococci) that exceeded the CNMI Marine Water Quality Standards. These bacteria can indicate the presence of human and animal waste in the water.
DEQ analyzes water samples collected from Saipan’s recreational beaches and storm drainages every Tuesday. The public is encouraged to contact DEQ at 664-8500 with any questions. (DEQ)