The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) has developed the AS-EPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan that addresses the need to monitor for nonpoint source pollution in American Samoa. A main group of pollutants that cause water quality impairments in American Samoa are pathogen indicators, specifically enterococcus in coastal recreation waters.
On February 17, 2016, the Samoa News published an article entitled, “Student exposes the filthy truth about water vending machines,” reported by Blue Chen-Fruean. The article calls into question the integrity of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency’s (AS-EPA) testing methods for drinking water dispensed by commercial vending machines on-island. The unverified conclusions of a high school student’s science fair project have led to the recent labeling of AS-EPA as “negligent” in its handling of water testing for vending machines.