WAPA outages almost daily
Good to know - all I had was the anecdotal ramblings of a local hairdresser who said several of her clients were government employees or their significant others (specfically WAPA she sai) and lived in government housing and didn't pay for utilities.
Residents of the housing authority properties do not pay for their water, which is paid for by the HA. They get potable wapa water. I believe they pay for their electric and any propane, but get a reduction in their rent to account for the amount they pay in electric. Many units have solar water heaters (the panels you see on the roofs). The minimum monthly rent is $50...unless they get a hardship decrease...and can go up to, I think, 30% of reported income...
there was a study done some years ago on stx...don't know if it was also done on STT..and they found the highest per capita/family unit use of water to either be in the neighborhoods like Shoys and in the housing projects ...much higher than in the other neighborhoods etc...believe it was a study overseen by the West Indies Lab...
"WAPA Generation Problems Could Force LEAC Increase
Parts of St. Thomas were hit by a brief power outage Thursday morning that V.I. Water and Power Authority officials attributed to generation problems at the Harley Power Plant -- problems that could amount to another increase in levelized energy adjustment clause (LEAC) rates if they're not fixed quickly.
For years, the authority's financial problems have stymied any efforts to put aside money for routine maintenance to the generation units, some of which have been online for decades, officials have said..."
Lost power again Thursday in Cane Bay/Lavalle, etc for about 10 min which means I had to re-set all the digital clocks/timers AGAIN. There never seems to be an explanation why power goes out lately, but it's been happening quite a bit the past month. As skighee states concerning WAPA; that's pretty much it in a nutshell.