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Water Restored to STX Est. Richmond Area

(Wednesday, October 29, 2014)

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 has been restored but will take a few hours to reach customers in the higher elevations. 

WAPA and its contractor VI Paving, Inc. began excavation for the waterline project in the Richmond area on Tuesday morning, October 28, to tie-in the temporary12 inch bypass water line and connect the new 24 inch main to the existing 16 inch main. The project was completed on Wednesday afternoon and WAPA crews immediately began restoring water service, however refilling the water lines and re-pressurizing the system will take several hours to complete.

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.