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Tue Sep 17, 2019, 06:46 AM

Outages Will Continue for Weeks to Come, WAPA Chief Says, on St. Thomas, Blackouts Narrowed to Two

OUTAGES WILL CONTINUE FOR WEEKS TO COME, WAPA CHIEF SAYS; ON ST. THOMAS, BLACKOUTS NARROWED TO TWO LEASED GENERATORS


If you have not had enough of the near-daily power outages that accompany monthly electric bills, well, be prepared. There are more to come.

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer said Monday that residential and business customers can expect the regular loss of electricity in the St. Thomas-St. John District, and potentially, St. Croix, for weeks ahead.

“Weeks. Not a couple of months or a couple of years,” Mr. Kupfer assured the public during the weekly Government House press briefing, held on St. Croix yesterday. “We think there are technical solutions that will not be long-term, but it might be a couple of weeks.”

Thousands of WAPA customers in both districts have been left without electricity on a routine basis for months now. The inability of WAPA to provide consistent utility service has cost the central government credibility, but has taken a larger toll on residents and businesses at the mercy of an unreliable power company.

Read more: https://viconsortium.com/breaking-news/outages-will-continue-for-weeks-to-come-wapa-chief-says-on-st-thomas-blackouts-narrowed-to-two-leased-generators/

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