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(Monday, November 21, 2011)


Work continues at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s Harley Power Plant to bring Unit #11 boiler and two water plants online to increase water production on St. Thomas. At this time, water storage remains critically low. As a result, the Authority will not pump water to St. Thomas customers this evening, but will pump to all water customers between 6 and 8 a.m. tomorrow. The Authority was forced to make this decision to ensure a sufficient supply of water for customers on Tuesday morning and to serve St. Thomas schools throughout the day.

WAPA is reminding customers that once pumping begins at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, it may take a short period of time for water pressure to build up to individual homes or businesses at higher elevations. To avoid possible mishaps when water returns, please leave faucets in the closed position until water pressure is available.

WAPA is requesting that customers with cisterns primarily use that source of water to assist in relieving some of the demand on the system. This will help WAPA’s efforts to build storage over the next several days.

It is anticipated that a water conservation schedule will continue for the next several days but as storage improves, more hours of availability will be added to the schedule. Updates will be available by radio, on WAPA’s website at or by calling 774-3552 and press #6 for periodic updates. Water haulers are advised that the St. Thomas standpipes are temporarily closed for operation at this time.

WAPA sincerely regrets the inconveniences of the water conservation schedule and is working around the clock to service to St. Thomas customers.