Water service in some neighborhoods on St. Thomas will continue to be interrupted during daytime hours this week as the V.I. Water and Power Authority continues to build up reserves, but all service should be back to normal by the weekend, according to WAPA.
WAPA has been pumping water to all St. Thomas customers for the last two weeks and also working to build storage. Now that most large users have almost completed replenishing their cisterns, WAPA anticipates it will have comfortable storage levels in its tanks across the island and water usage will return to normal by the weekend, according to a statement from the utility.
To ensure WAPA has enough water stored for the coming months, generally regarded as the dry season in the territory, WAPA will maintain the present16 hour water availability schedule for several days this week.
From Jan. 16-20, water service will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily at the Bovoni Housing Community, Tutu High Rise Housing Community, Bergs Homes, Estate Thomas, Altona, Contant Knolls, and Lindbergh Bay.
To lessen the inconvenience of the rationing schedule, the outages will mostly affect residential areas during the regular 8 hour business day while most residents are at work or school.
According to WAPA, water service will be permanently available on a twenty-four hour basis to all customers by 5 p.m. Friday. The utility’s standpipe is available to water haulers 24 hours a day.