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UPDATE: WAPA Ties-In Temporary 12 Inch PVC Bypass at Richmond Pump Station

(Wednesday, October 29, 2014)

Water Service Interruption Update

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is advising its St. Croix water customers in the Golden Rock, St. John’s, La Grande Princess and Dolby Hill areas that water service is anticipated to be restored at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 29.

WAPA and its contractor VI Paving, Inc. began excavation for the waterline project in the Richmond area on Tuesday morning, October 28. The work to tie-in the temporary12 inch bypass water line, which was scheduled to be completed on Tuesday at 4 p.m., extended until early morning Wednesday, October 29. The work not only entailed tying in the 12 inch bypass, it also required the contractor to complete the connection of the new 24 inch main to the existing 16 inch main. Upon excavation, the contractor encountered obstacles that were more extensive than originally anticipated.

Crews began working at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, and worked continuously throughout the night until 3 a.m. On Wednesday morning when the task was completed, WAPA crews immediately began restoring water service, however refilling the water lines and re-pressurizing the system will take several hours to complete.

Water customers in Golden Rock, St. John’s, La Grande Princess and Dolby Hill areas who continue to experience service interruption beyond noon on Wednesday are urged to call the Water Distribution Division at (340)773-3775.

The bypass line will be used to provide water from a temporary pump skid at the Richmond Pump Station to customers while WAPA’s contractor works on upgrading the existing transmission manifold from a 16 inch main to a 24 inch main. The bypass is anticipated to remain in place until the new 24 inch transmission main is tied in to the Richmond Pump Station and placed in service. The 24 inch transmission main project is scheduled to be completed by November 24, 2014.

WAPA apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the understanding of its customers during this service improvement project.