AS-EPA alert for Utulei maroons classes on shore

Head instructor of the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA), Zero Iaulualo (wearing hat) teaching the class yesterday morning. [photo: Jeff Hayne]

With water at Utulei Beach Park in the ‘Red,’ which means — the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) has deemed the water in that area not safe for swimming — the Samoana High School Ocean Swimming/Ocean Science Physical Education class has been forced out of the water, forcing the head instructor of the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) Zero Iaulualo, to teach the class on land.

“Today we were not able to go into the water, because the EPA had put up their ‘Red’ sign, telling everyone that the water is contaminated and they should not swim in it,” said  Iaulualo.

“Since we cannot go into the water, we are doing land drills and educational lessons for the kids on land. The water gets tested every Tuesday by the EPA and the result comes out on Wednesday. I know the kids really want to get back in the water and swim, but I keep telling them, that we always put safety first. When the EPA gives the ok, we will definitely go back in,” he said.

The class is sponsored by the Department of Commerce.


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