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(Friday, February 11, 2011)

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is advising St. Croix customers that water service will be interrupted to the Richmond Standpipe this weekend. GEC, LLC will be completing the installation of a pressure reducing valve on the existing 12” ductile iron water line at the Richmond Pump Station.

Pressure reducing valve stations, regulators used to protect against the effects of high water pressures in the main lines, are being installed throughout the water distribution system as part of the Pressure Management Plan Phase I Project. The valves promote a longer life for the entire water system, provide significant savings in water and energy consumption, and reduce line loss.

Technicians began installing the valve stations in September in Estates Profit, Castle Burke, Humbug, Glynn, and Williams Delight, Estate Mint. Technicians will also install altitude valves on four water storage tanks throughout the island, which will automatically prevent water overflow when the tanks reach their maximum holding capacity. Phase one of the water management project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at a cost of $852,000. Questions and/or concerns can be directed to the Water Division at 773-7795 and 773-3775.

The Authority appreciates the patience and cooperation of the public during this system improvement effort and will restore water service as soon as possible.