9 Apr 2003

American Samoa gets funding to improve water quality at beaches

3:40 pm on 9 April 2003

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has made a three hundred thousand dollar grant to American Samoa for the protection of public health at its beaches.

The money is for improved monitoring of water quality and for notifying the public when beaches need to be closed.

The funds come from a ten million dollar grant available for all US states and territories.

The EPA says the grant is designed to ensure that the public receives better protection at beaches.

The local branch of the EPA has had a programme in place since last year to monitor water quality and issue warnings when warranted.