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What does it mean to have no utilities paid by landlord?  If there's a working cistern/water pump at the house, plus pipes for WAPA water source,  Do I would need to call wapa for their water service?  and whose responsibility to fix water pump if it stops working?

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Topic starter Posted : May 2, 2021 3:04 pm
Exit Zero
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You will have to apply for  power at WAPA - sounds like the landlord now has Wapa water already? and you may get a water bill from the landlord-- if you want WiFi, Cable service, satellite service, landline phone you will have to apply to the relevant supplier. All will also require a security deposit I think.

The landlord should be responsible for a working water pump - it will require WAPA.

I do suggest you learn all about the water supply, gutters, pumps, valves, cistern --- for your own benefit and how to fix a pump that has lost its prime for sure. Read the lease to find out what utilities you or the landlord is responsible for.

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Posted : May 2, 2021 5:04 pm
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Exit Zero is correct...utilities are generally the responsibility of the tenant unless the lease says otherwise. But, the water pump is most likely a landlord responsibility.

Even with a cistern, the landlord can still charge for water. I have a water meter on the service to the apartment in my house and charge the same rate as WAPA. That water pump uses electricity!

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Posted : May 3, 2021 8:15 am
Lorealbolt3
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Hello from new member

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Posted : May 7, 2021 4:11 pm
stcmike
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I am curious are the residents of Enfield Green and Whim impacted by the pollution caused by the Limetree malfunction?

 

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Posted : May 10, 2021 5:41 pm
stcmike
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I am curious are the residents of Enfield Green and Whim impacted by the pollution caused by the Limetree malfunction?

 

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Posted : May 10, 2021 5:41 pm
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@stcmike

There is no malfunction at Limetree. Refining is a dirty business and sometimes it smells too.

People forget that Hovensa was smelly from time to time too.

When restarting units that have been idle for 6 years, there's bound to be a few emission releases.

It smells like money to me. 

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Posted : May 11, 2021 8:05 am
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Posted by: @stcmike

I am curious are the residents of Enfield Green and Whim impacted by the pollution caused by the Limetree malfunction?

 

What pollution?

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Posted : May 11, 2021 11:39 am
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This pollution:

https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/05/10/epa-attempts-to-clarify-air-quality-monitoring-confusion/

Hess, Hovensa and now Limetree have both a long, continuous and emerging history of polluting both air and groundwater tables.

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Posted : May 11, 2021 2:24 pm
vicanuck
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@alana33

There's certainly a lot of confusion.

It hasn't been determined beyond a doubt where these odors are coming from.

It smells like saragassum to me.

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Posted : May 11, 2021 2:44 pm
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@vicanuck

that's possible, too but from what I've read the odors seem to be coming from and affecting those within the vicinity of the Limetree facility. Previous emissions, flare ups, contaminations since their reopening have killed crops, polluted cistern water, sickened people and had the nearby school closed. 

Diagio has had similar pollution issues as well.

Proper and Independent monitoring is necessary for community health and well-being. Can't have the fox guarding the hen house.

 

 

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Posted : May 11, 2021 4:45 pm
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vicanuck
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@alana33

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

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Posted : May 13, 2021 1:42 pm
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@alana33

Thanks for the update. It answered my question regarding the impact of the pollution on Enfield Green.

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Posted : May 16, 2021 4:10 pm
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@alana33

Shortly after the World Trade Center buildings were destroyed by terrorist activity in 2001, the federal govt including the EPA were telling people its was safe to return to their homes. That the fumes and dust from the buildings imposed no danger once the cleanup had been completed. It turns out this was an outright lie, many people have develop serious illnesses from returning to the immediate area. Even now 20 years after the collapse there are television commercials asking people who lived or worked below Canal Street (about a mile from the WTC) to register to various health sites to ensure that if they develop a serious illness that they would be covered by various set a side settlement funds. While I don't mean to imply that the fumes and dust from Limetree are as dangerous as the ones from the WTC, people should take all precautions necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of their love ones

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Posted : May 21, 2021 7:45 am
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On Thursday, May 20, 2021, EPA discovered an uncovered sewer manhole located approximately 100 yards north Monitor Station 1. Strong H2S -like odors were emanating from this uncovered manhole. EPA used a Jerome Model J605 monitor and detected H2S at 3.75 ppm, and further confirmed the detection using a MultiRae monitor at the top of the manhole, measuring H2S at 1.1 ppm. Readings on these instruments at or above 1.0 ppm are considered elevated and merit further investigation. A sampling tube for a Single Point Monitor was lowered into the manhole and detected a reading of greater than 10 ppm, the upper detection limit for the device. EPA immediately notified the Virgin Islands government and will assist the local authorities as they determine how to address this matter.

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Posted : May 21, 2021 2:55 pm
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I just posted the below on another thread as residents need facts on what’s considered the safety thresholds for H2S.  

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) to H2S gas as follows:

  • General Industry Ceiling Limit: 20 ppm
  • General Industry Peak Limit: 50 ppm (up to 10 minutes if no other exposure during shift)
  • Construction 8-hour Limit: 10 ppm
  • Shipyard 8-hour limit: 10 ppm

More info:

WHAT IS H2S GAS?

Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) is a gas commonly found during the drilling and production of crude oil and natural gas, plus in wastewater treatment and utility facilities and sewers. The gas is produced as a result of the microbial breakdown of organic materials in the absence of oxygen. Colorless, flammable, poisonous and corrosive, H2S gas is noticeable by its rotten egg smell. With toxicity similar to carbon monoxide, which prevents cellular respiration, monitoring and early detection of H2S could mean the difference between life and death.

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Posted : May 23, 2021 5:21 am
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Posted by: @jaldeborgh

I just posted the below on another thread as residents need facts on what’s considered the safety thresholds for H2S.  

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) to H2S gas as follows:

  • General Industry Ceiling Limit: 20 ppm
  • General Industry Peak Limit: 50 ppm (up to 10 minutes if no other exposure during shift)
  • Construction 8-hour Limit: 10 ppm
  • Shipyard 8-hour limit: 10 ppm

More info:

WHAT IS H2S GAS?

Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) is a gas commonly found during the drilling and production of crude oil and natural gas, plus in wastewater treatment and utility facilities and sewers. The gas is produced as a result of the microbial breakdown of organic materials in the absence of oxygen. Colorless, flammable, poisonous and corrosive, H2S gas is noticeable by its rotten egg smell. With toxicity similar to carbon monoxide, which prevents cellular respiration, monitoring and early detection of H2S could mean the difference between life and death.

Thank you. So few people understand PEL's. They think that if you smell something it means you're going to get cancer or die...

 

 

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Posted : May 24, 2021 7:08 am
speee1dy
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i was down west the other day and smelled nothing.  but didnt the consortium report that there was some sewer issue they found that could be the cause of the smells including all those mysterious smells at the schools over the years

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Posted : May 24, 2021 2:31 pm
rewired
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It looks like covering the manhole may have resolved the issue - time will tell 

https://viconsortium.com/vi-health/virgin-islands-bryan-says-manhole-releasing-sulfide-dioxide-odor-near-airport-has-been-covered-all-evidence-we-have-lead-to-manhole-for-most-part

 

 

 

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