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WAPA Cuts Off Water Supply From Kingshill to Frederiksted To Do ‘Emergency’ Repairs

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said it cut off the water supply to its potable water customers from Kingshill at mid-island to the western end of the island including the town of Frederiksted in order to do “emergency repairs.”

On Wednesday, the water department experienced a failed pump at the Richmond pump station which impacted storage levels at the Kingshill tank, WAPA said.

“Storage levels have since been depleted causing customers to experience low water pressure to no service.” the authority said on Facebook.

Crews are working to make repairs to the failed pump and anticipate that the Richmond station will be back on line by Friday morning. Once on line, capacity will be restored to the Kingshill tank which will facilitate a restoration of service.

WAPA said it “apologizes for any inconvenience this emergency service interruption may cause.”
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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