Tag: Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA)

St. Croix’s Jaheem Benjamin Faces Five Years In Prison For Marijuana Cultivation

CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man admitted in federal court to running a marijuana growing operation and tampering with his Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority meter to lessen his electricity bill. Jaheem Benjamin, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one federal count of manufacture of marijuana and one local count of illegal use of utility […]

WAPA Water Storage Supplies Continue To Dwindle … People In F’sted Suffering For ‘Several Days’

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority admitted to what people on the west end of St. Croix have already painfully felt for many days — they have very little potable water — if any at all. “Potable water customers from mid-island to the western end of St. Croix will continue to experience […]

VIHA Head Honcho Says Public Housing Cisterns Haven’t Worked Since 2003, Water Costs $10M Per Year

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Housing Authority said this morning that cisterns at its 33 public housing units in the territory have not been “functional” since 2003. Robert Graham, the executive director of VIHA testifying before the Committee on Housing, Transportation, Infrastructure and Telecommunications, said that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

DPNR Closes Down Mars Hills Offices Today Due To WAPA Potable Water Issue

FREDERIKSTED — DPNR Commissioner nominee Jean-Pierre Oriol said his Planning and Natural Resources Department closed all offices at its Mars Hill location on St. Croix at 12:00 p.m. today due to no potable water in the building. DPNR contacted the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) and has been notified that water service would […]

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 […]

WAPA Says 80 Customers In Estate Strawberry-Limetree Will Lose Power Tomorrow

CHRISTIANSTED — Some 80 Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority customers are scheduled to lose power tomorrow. According to a WAPA alert, customers in Strawberry and Limetree will have no electricity between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The “service interruption” is needed so contractor crews can “perform permanent work on the electric grid,” […]

WAPA Says It Will Cut Power To 417 Customers In Anna’s Retreat At 10 a.m. Tomorrow

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Some 417 Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) customers in St. Thomas will be forced to go without electricity tomorrow. The customers who will lose power for at least three hours are on a portion of Feeder 7C in Estate Anna’s Retreat, according to WAPA. “During this period, WAPA contractor crews […]

WAPA Says 81 Customers In Estate Cane-Cane Carlton Will Lose Power Tomorrow

FREDERIKSTED — Some 81 Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) customers in Estate Cane-Cane Carlton are scheduled to lose power tomorrow. The customers who will be affected are on a portion of Feeder 8B, according to WAPA. The authority said to expect at least “a four-hour electrical service interruption on Friday, February 1.” WAPA […]

WAPA Governing Board Approves Measures To Boost Power Generation Capacity on St. Thomas and St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority governing board approved a contract extension for WAPA’s largest generating unit Unit 23 in a meeting on St. Thomas on Thursday. The extension, through March 31, allows Sulzer Turbo Services, Inc. to complete final performance and generator load testing. Unit 23 has been undergoing a […]

WAPA Makes Pact With New York Power Authority To Help Restore Its Electrical Grid

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority said on Friday that it had reached an agreement with a New York power company to improve its electric system in the territory. “The ongoing recovery effort by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority to restore, improve and modernize the islands’ electric grid will receive […]