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VIWMA: ‘Mechanical Failure’ Shuts Down Cancryn Pump Station on St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said that the Cancryn Pump Station is temporarily offline due to mechanical failure.

VIWMA’s contract partners and staff are working to repair and place the pump station back online since Friday.

Updates on changes that may affect public health and the environment will be provided, according to the authority.

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

The VIWMA Preserving Paradise team said it “truly apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause and would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation.”

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-513-4171 or email

By John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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