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V.I. Waste Management Authority Says Water Main Leak Near LBJ Pump Station Should Be Fixed By Tonight

WATER MAIN BREAK: Near LBJ Pump Station in Estate Richmond should be fixed by 8 p.m. tonight according to the V.I. Waste Management Authority (VIWMA).

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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said that a force main leak occurred at one of the pressure relief valves in the Orange Grove area (near the LBJ pump station).

VIWMA crews were at the area to do an assessment Monday morning and take corrective action, according to the authority. Repairs are expected to be completed by 8 p.m. tonight, it said.

Traffic in this area will be reduced to one lane. Northbound traffic coming from Queste Verde will
be re-routed to Contentment Road.

Local traffic in the vicinity of the repair will be allowed, the VIWMA said.

Residents with impacted immune systems or respiratory conditions are asked to avoid the area
until repairs are complete.

“Residents and businesses are also asked to refrain from pouring liquid grease and various
personal products down the drain,” the VIWMA said. “These items can and do impact operations at the VIWMA’s
pump stations and wastewater treatment facilities.”

For more information, contact the Communications Management Division at (340) 715-9188 or

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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