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WAPA CONTINUES ST. THOMAS WATER CONSERVATION SCHEDULE INTO WEDNESDAY

(Tuesday, November 22, 2011)

WAPA ALERT – 4:30 p.m.

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority will continue the revised water conservation schedule put into place earlier this week. Water will not be pumped to St. Thomas customers tonight, but will be pumped tomorrow from 6 to 8 a.m.  The Authority has again made  this decision to ensure a sufficient supply of water for customers on Wednesday morning and to serve St. Thomas schools throughout the day.

Plant and water personnel continue to work to build water storage at the Randolph E. Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas. Technicians are presently hydro testing Unit #11 to ensure that all leaks have been repaired before returning the boiler to service. Once the boiler is fully operational, the remaining two desalination water plants will come on line which will increase water production. The Upper Hospital Ground and Bergs Home areas of St. Thomas have also experienced very low or no pressure during designated pumping times due to pumps in the field that have experienced problems.  Mechanics and electricians are working to address these issues. 

WAPA is once again requesting that customers with cisterns primarily use that source of water to assist in relieving some of the demand on the system. Also, once pumping begins at 6 a.m., 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, the Authority is requesting that its customers please leave faucets in the closed position until water pressure is available. It is recommended that customers recycle their dish or bath water to flush toilets, wash cars, or water plants to maximize the use of water that is available.

The Authority sincerely regrets the inconveniences of the water conservation schedule and is working around the clock to provide this service to its St. Thomas customers.

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