Press Release Details

Precautionary Boil Water Notice Issued For Residents Of Frederiksted Town

Sep 04, 2019


The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority
Corporate Communications
Contact: Jean P. Greaux, Jr., Director of Corporate Communications
340-774-3552 extension 2147 or 340-244-7330
communications@viwapa.vi / www.viwapa.vi


September 4, 2019


The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is issuing a precautionary boil water notice for potable water customers in the Town of Frederiksted. Due to a drop in water pressure, as a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making infant formula or juices, making ice, brushing teeth, washing fruits or vegetables and washing dishes, be boiled. Bringing water to a rolling boil and maintaining for one full minute is sufficient. Water must be adequately cooled before it can be used and should be stored in clean, covered containers.

Water pressure keeps pollutants from entering the underground pipes that bring drinking water to your home or business. This notice does not mean that the water is contaminated; it means it is possible for contaminants to enter the pipes and affect potable water. Until the required bacteriological testing is completed, we recommend, as a precaution boiling tap water before it is used to kill any potential contaminants.

The Authority’s microbiology Water Quality Laboratory Technicians are in the field closely monitoring the system for any irregularities that may occur. They take great care in ensuring that your water is safe to drink and we appreciate your corporation with this precautionary boil water notice. The public will be updated accordingly regarding WAPA’s system monitoring evaluations.

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The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is an autonomous agency of the Virgin Islands Government which produces and distributes electricity and drinking water to residential and commercial customers in the territory. WAPA was created by the Fifth Legislature of the Virgin Islands in 1964 through Act No. 1248. Today, WAPA generates electrical power at production plants on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and distributes electrical service through smart grids to customers on St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Hassel Island, and Water Island. Potable water is distributed to almost 13,000 customers through water lines and standpipes. WAPA also has the responsibility of installing and maintaining street lights.