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Drought Conditions Begin To Affect WAPA and St. Croix

FREDERIKSTED — Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority potable water customers in some areas of St. Croix are experiencing low water pressure this morning.

WAPA said the problem is a result of diminished capacity at its Mountain storage tank.

Water Distribution crews have been deployed to determine the cause of the reduced storage capacity and resolve the issue. Affected areas include: Frederiksted, Calquohoun and Mars Hill.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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