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SPOT POWER OUTAGES AS ELECTRICAL SUPPLY IS ROTATED

The lack of power and rumble of generators across St. Croix Sunday and Monday had residents feeling like the V.I. Water and Power Authority was conducting a post-hurricane drill before the storm season even heats up.
WAPA rotated feeders Monday while crews at the Richmond power plant tried to repair problems caused by a weekend electrical mishap. A statement released by the utility on Monday said it could be two weeks before things are back to normal on St. Croix.
According to WAPA spokeswoman Patricia Blake Simmonds, the problems began just after 5 p.m. Sunday when an electrical short developed on high voltage cables at the Richmond substation and tripped the operating generators and desalinization units.
On Monday, WAPA began rotating power between its electrical feeders, causing those whose feeders were out to be powerless for at least two hours. WAPA will use the same method Tuesday while crews attempt to bring another generator on line.
"We're going to be using the same rotation for Tuesday," Simmonds said. "The power is on a day-to-day situation. Basically it will be on the availability of the (generating) units."
WAPA is requesting that the public make efforts to conserve electricity and if possible, run private generators during the rotation. The utility will gravity feed water while desalinization plans are not in operation.
According to Simmonds, the water standpipe will remain, but based on demand. The amount the water distributed to truckers may be restricted.
The feeder rotation will be as follows: Feeder 10 will be without service from 10 a.m. until noon; Feeder 9 from noon until 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Feeders 4 and 6 will be out between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Feeder 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Feeders 1 and 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Smithfield, Carlton, Plaza Extra and the Industrial Park will be without power from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Check the St. Croix Source's Data category to find out what electrical feeder you are on.

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The lack of power and rumble of generators across St. Croix Sunday and Monday had residents feeling like the V.I. Water and Power Authority was conducting a post-hurricane drill before the storm season even heats up.
WAPA rotated feeders Monday while crews at the Richmond power plant tried to repair problems caused by a weekend electrical mishap. A statement released by the utility on Monday said it could be two weeks before things are back to normal on St. Croix.
According to WAPA spokeswoman Patricia Blake Simmonds, the problems began just after 5 p.m. Sunday when an electrical short developed on high voltage cables at the Richmond substation and tripped the operating generators and desalinization units.
On Monday, WAPA began rotating power between its electrical feeders, causing those whose feeders were out to be powerless for at least two hours. WAPA will use the same method Tuesday while crews attempt to bring another generator on line.
"We're going to be using the same rotation for Tuesday," Simmonds said. "The power is on a day-to-day situation. Basically it will be on the availability of the (generating) units."
WAPA is requesting that the public make efforts to conserve electricity and if possible, run private generators during the rotation. The utility will gravity feed water while desalinization plans are not in operation.
According to Simmonds, the water standpipe will remain, but based on demand. The amount the water distributed to truckers may be restricted.
The feeder rotation will be as follows: Feeder 10 will be without service from 10 a.m. until noon; Feeder 9 from noon until 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Feeders 4 and 6 will be out between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Feeder 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Feeders 1 and 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Smithfield, Carlton, Plaza Extra and the Industrial Park will be without power from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Check the St. Croix Source's Data category to find out what electrical feeder you are on.