Tag: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA)

Combative WAPA Spokesman Jean Greaux Found Shot To Death In His Car

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police confirmed that a former St. Thomas radio newscaster and prominent self-styled public relations person was found shot dead late this afternoon in a car near his home. Jean P. Greaux Jr., the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority communications director and a former Government House spokesman, was found dead this evening […]

Bryan Hails Interior’s Decision To Give $1.1 Million To GVI, WAPA To Buy Electric Cars

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Applauding the $2.15 million in grants awarded by the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) to the local government and the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority to advance their efforts towards electrifying their vehicle fleets, Governor Albert Bryan said the funds mark the beginning of the “Government Operations Fleet Efficiency & Electrification […]

Ruptured Water Main Leaves Subbase, Downtown Area Without Potable Water

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A ruptured water main on Monday night disrupted potable water service throughout the Subbase area potentially extending to downtown St. Thomas. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority announced the disruption on Monday evening just after 6 p.m. WAPA Water Operations crews depressurized the water system to minimize water loss. “Customers throughout […]

6-Hour WAPA Blackout Strikes St. Thomas and St. John On Anniversary Of Irma

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A blackout left tens of thousands of customers without power in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Labor Day amid sweltering hot temperatures. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) failure left many on the islands of St. Thomas and St. John in the dark before dawn after several generators at a […]

Gittens Wants ‘Special Investigator’ To Find If WAPA Has Committed Any Crimes

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix senator has introduced a bill to appoint a “special investigator” to look into malfeasance and corruption at the islands’ financially struggling Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. The bill would require a thorough examination of the authority’s contracts, leases, billing practices, professionals’ credit card use, and its loss of $2 […]

USVI, Puerto Rico Inching Closer To Getting $2 Billion For Electric Grid Repairs

SAN JUAN — The federal government took another step on Monday towards releasing nearly $2 billion to repair Puerto Rico’s troubled electrical grid, part of a pool of money withheld from the island for years even as it struggled to recover from the devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. The Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

Fitch Says Possibility of WAPA Oversight Board Keeps Sinking Utility’s Bond Rate

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Following 34th Legislature’s approval of Bill No. 34-0021, which sought to assign a “turnaround” company to oversee the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Board, the Fitch Ratings service on Monday issued a statement that the bond market does not want to upgrade WAPA’s rating because of the possibility of additional oversight. Bill […]

VIPD Warns Public To Beware Of Robo Calls Claiming To Be WAPA Bill Collectors

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the community to guard against telephone calls from scam artists posing as employees of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA). WAPA management has indicated that scammers are using a computerized system, using the Authority’s main telephone numbers, to call residents to demand payment […]

Utility Pole TKO Takes Out Power To 3,500 WAPA Customers In Hull Bay Saturday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At least 3,500 Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority customers lost power Saturday morning when a vehicle hit two utility poles in the Hull Bay area and overturned. A man who identified himself as the driver, told The Virgin Islands Daily News he was a commercial fisherman and had fallen asleep at […]

2nd Top Man Promises To ‘Get To The Bottom’ Of V.I. Government Cyber Attacks

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach announced that his office “is investigating a possible breach in its computer systems that has affected service delivery by its Recorder of Deeds and Cadastral Divisions,” according to a news release. “Our team is actively working on a resolution of this issue,” Roach said. “Although the divisions are […]