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DPNR Closes Mars Hill Office In F’sted Due To WAPA Potable Water Problem Today

FREDERIKSTED — The Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the department will close its Mars Hill offices at 12:00 p.m. today.

DPNR said that it is experiencing a Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) “potable water problem” at its office in Frederiksted.

Commissioner Dawn Henry said that normal office hours will resume tomorrow at 8 a.m.

“Commissioner Henry apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause,” DPNR said in a prepared statement.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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