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(Sunday, November 27, 2011)

    An unexpected failure in a boiler  tube on Unit  # 11 at the Randolph E. Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas, caused the unit to trip offline Saturday and has reduced the Authority’s ability to make sufficient water to maintain the current conservation schedule. While Plant personnel make repairs, it has become necessary to adjust water availability to St. Thomas customers. Water service will be available from  6 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. daily until further notice. The Authority will gravity feed to schools to assist in keeping schools open on a daily basis and lower lying areas in town will also benefit from gravity feed from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

    The Authority’s automated standpipes will maintain the usual service schedule.  Every effort will be made to relax the conservation schedule as soon as possible.

     Once pumping begins, 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 leave faucets in the closed position until water pressure is available. Please help neighbors to maximize the limited amount of water available by using water conservatively, when available, and recycling bath and dish water to flush toilets, wash cars and water plants.

    The Authority appreciates the patience and understanding of its customers since the conservation schedule has been in effect.