Tag: Virgin Islanda Water and Power Authority (WAPA)

WAPA To Shut Down King Street In St. John For ‘Underground Electrical Project’

CRUZ BAY — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority advises the motoring public that King Street on St. John will be closed to vehicular traffic from November 10, 2021 – December 1, 2021. The road closure is needed to allow ongoing work on an underground electrical project that extends from Frank Bay through Cruz […]

WAPA Power Outage Sends Claude O. Markoe Students Back To Virtual Learning

FREDERIKSTED — A Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority blackout sent some west end elementary school students back to learning from home. The Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Croix District, announced the early dismissal of Claude O. Markoe Elementary School’s in-person classes on September 13, “effective immediately, due to a power outage impacting most […]

Slithering Snake On Power Line Leads To St. Croix Electrical Outage, Residents Say

CHRISTIANSTED —  A slithering snake caused a power outage on St. Croix Sunday morning, according to eyewitnesses. At about 6 a.m., a red tail boa constrictor wriggled to the top of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) transmission power lines in an area just outside of Kingshill. The snakes’s contact with power lines […]

Education Asks St. Thomas To Use Alternate Meal Distribution Sites

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Education said that meal distribution will be suspended at five St. Thomas sites today. The St. Thomas-St. John District will suspend meal distribution at sites due to a water service interruption at the main kitchen that supplies the meals, according to VIDE. “WAPA crews are on-site to […]

Legislature Tries To Rein In WAPA By Giving PSC More Control Over It

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands legislature appears to be near to voting to increase Public Service Commission control over the financially troubled Water and Power Authority (WAPA). As of December 31, WAPA had $190 million of electrical system revenue bonds and unamortized bond premiums and a total of $1.143 billion of liabilities, according to […]

FEMA Greenlights $129 Million Microgrid Project For The USVI, WAPA Says

CHRISTIANSTED — A 28-megawatt microgrid project for the territory was awarded $4.4 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the project’s initial phase, according to Microgrid Knowledge. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) will use the funding to design and engineer the project, Noel Hodge, the utility’s interim executive director, said. […]

WAPA Director Who Gave $1.2 Million Wireless Contract To Company He Owns 1/3 Of Arrested Today: VIDOJ

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A top-ranking WAPA official who had a 33 percent interest in a wireless company that he awarded a $1.2 million contract to has been arrested on local conflict of interest charges, authorities said. Niel Vanterpool was arrested by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) today for criminal conflict of interest violations […]

VIWMA Says Phone Lines Aren’t Working Due To WAPA Power Outage

KINGSHILL — The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) said that its main office in Estate Glynn is currently without telephone service due to a Water and Power Authority (WAPA) electrical interruption. While WAPA is currently working to restore power to the area, St. Croix residents are asked to contact our St. Thomas office at […]

WAPA Promises To Scrub Down Its Sunny Isles Office After 2 Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

SUNNY ISLE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said it will deep clean and sanitize its Estate Diamond public office space now that two workers have tested positive for COVID-19. In a memo to Authority employees this afternoon, WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer confirmed that two employees in St. Croix have tested positive […]

Bryan Explains How Much Government Will Give You To Pay Your WAPA Bills

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan, Sr. formally announced the “Your Energy Stimulus” (YES) program to help residents pay their Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority bills while the territory remains under a state of emergency and the community is under a stay-at-home order because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Credits in the amounts of $250 […]