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rokipatel
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I lost Power for 4 hours WAPA sucks???????????????

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Topic starter Posted : May 28, 2008 9:59 pm
Exit Zero
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It helps to keep your WAPA bill lower if they don't supply power - look at the positive side.

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Posted : May 28, 2008 10:02 pm
East Ender
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Welcome to the Virgin Islands! I thought you had a generator?

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Posted : May 28, 2008 10:05 pm
rokipatel
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I do have a Generator but every time its starts it waist diesel????

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Topic starter Posted : May 28, 2008 10:13 pm
Exit Zero
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'waists' ? Diesel or uses Diesel? If you want to provide your own supplemental power it is not a waste.

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Posted : May 28, 2008 10:20 pm
Betty
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Did you do any research before you bought a big house and brought your lexus down? WAPA goes out all the time, you learn to deal with it. You've got to calm down and get in the swing of island life.

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Posted : May 28, 2008 10:23 pm
rokipatel
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Wowwwwww i am sorry it seem to be a touchy subject here!!! I know power goes out now and then but this time was the first for me 4 hrs and by the way i just wanted to here peoples comment so don't kill the messenger.

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Topic starter Posted : May 28, 2008 10:49 pm
Jules
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It's summer.

The power goes out nearly every day-- sometimes more than once a day. Sometimes just for moments, sometimes for hours, rarely for days.

I don't see the situation improving any time soon.

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Posted : May 29, 2008 12:18 pm
glynnswife
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Power out in Tutu off and on for several days now. Daily News had an article talking about WAPA's problems with generators needing servicing, etc.etc.

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Posted : May 29, 2008 12:44 pm
Linda J
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Most people I know who have back-up generators do not fire them up unless the power is off for a long time. I'm afraid to say it "out loud", but where I am on STX, we haven't had the power off for several weeks.

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Posted : May 29, 2008 12:46 pm
KLJ555
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Ohhh Linda, now you did it. ha, ha. It has been nice--I was expecting it to go out on STX more frequently, now that the season is over.

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Posted : May 29, 2008 1:56 pm
East Ender
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roki: The purpose of a generator is to give you uninterrupted power in an environment of frequent power interruptions. Sure, it is going to waste diesel, but you won't gripe about the power outage. Your choice! 😉

If you think four hours are bad, you shoulda been here after Marilyn!

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Posted : May 29, 2008 9:26 pm
dougtamjj
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Alright Linda J. You did it. Power is off east end. 😮

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Posted : May 30, 2008 1:17 am
rokipatel
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If Wapa cannot control its generating capacity and is force to cut feeders in certain areas of the island this causes a ripple effect on any business or new investment in the Island. In most caribbean islands the power situation is an issue lack of mantainance of power lines and electrical plants causes a very big loss of business. Also another issue is that most Islands produce their electricity by Using Diesel power generating units that now with very high Oil prices have impacted business very negative. Countries like the D.R in where electricity is a luxury and certain areas of the country only have 4-5 hours of power a day other islands with difficulty are Dominica, Granada,St Lucia that have very frequent power outages. In the USVI being an American territory the Government should be ashamed of Wapa performance to the general public and they should cut their loses and sell Wapa to a Private entity. For Example in the Cayman Islands power is generated by CUC ( Caribbean Utility companies) and the Caymans have one of the best Electrical infrastructure in the Caribbean. 2007 CUC reported the lowest power interruption problems in the whole caribbean providing 99.97% efficiency . This number was even higher than Puerto rico AEE 97% which use to be the highest in the caribbean. I know that after marilyn the power situation in St thomas was very bad i heard that some people were without power for 3 consecutive months. But Honestly loosing power for 4 hours continous when there is no storm or Hurricane is just Un acceptable and i think residents of the VI should protest and make the government privatize WAPA.

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Topic starter Posted : May 30, 2008 2:39 pm
Trade
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Maybe you'd be happier in Grand Cayman.

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Posted : May 30, 2008 4:26 pm
Betty
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Locals don't react well to being told their system sucks and they should fix it by transplants. Outsiders always do this without understanding the culture and not knowing how hard it is to get something fixed here. They know its a problem. Get involved in the community and help people make a difference instead of just complaining to the locals and people will be much more interested in what you have to say.

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Posted : May 30, 2008 5:20 pm
piaa
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Hey Trade

I agree 🙂

I went back and read most of the posts (got too bored reading the same negativity even before the move) nothing but bi***in' and moanin' about the problems of the VI's.

Oooohhh the exuberance of "newbies" and their advice on how things should work or be fixed 🙂

Pia

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Posted : May 30, 2008 5:28 pm
Peggy
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I like when they come and say I'm going to change things and show th'em how to do it right. I can only shake my head and chuckle! :@)

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Posted : May 30, 2008 5:55 pm
Marty on STT
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Has anyone ever noticed that power goes out a lot more frequently the closer to 'cane season we get? I think it just might be intentional on the Government's part, so it'll put people in the frame of mind to prepare for power outages that may last six months...get used to it. Power has not been a constant in the last ten years I've lived here and I don't expect it to ever be a constant here. Keep the generator fueled up, buy lots of candles and bottled water....and a fifth or two of Cruzan doesn't hurt, either! If four hours without power is not something with which you can deal on a daily basis, then I would consider moving to a destination that has power all the time...I haven't been thru anything as serious as Marylin, but Georges knocked my power out for 2 weeks...big deal. Read a book instead of staring at the TV...converse with friends and family...visit with your neighbors...help each other do constructive things...make babies (or at least PRACTICE a lot!)...sit outside and look at the heavens...what a view! Revel in the MOMENT! There's lots more to life than having constant electricity, IMHO.....

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Posted : May 30, 2008 7:08 pm
Linda J
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I'd be hard pressed to compare the USVI to the Caymen Islands -- Isn't that where ALL the money is?

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Posted : May 30, 2008 8:57 pm
Exit Zero
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I can only rely on traditional West Indian wisdom and proverbs since we have all tried everything else.

" Empty puncheon keep de mos' noise "

" Your mout' is a one room house "

" if yo' no hear 'tek care' yo' will hear 'wha matter? ' "

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Posted : May 30, 2008 11:04 pm
rokipatel
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It is incredible that one's gives some constructive criticism ans Suddenly i am the outsider. Let me tell you i am born and Breed Caribbean Born and Raise in Puerto rico and since i have been 6 years old i have been coming to the Islands. The same criticism i give to my own people in Puerto rico and you know a Smart person will read my post and understand and not take offense. Most of you are North American and it is funny that you treat me like i am less Caribbean than Cruzans and Virgin Islanders. My purpose is not to put Down the USVI i love it here i just think there is so much potential to make it better and not to be Conformist.

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Topic starter Posted : May 31, 2008 1:20 am
Trade
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Wonderful. We're waiting to see how you're going to improve everything. I think we're all tired of nothing but complaints.

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Posted : May 31, 2008 11:32 am
Peggy
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I see unhappiness coming!! 🙂 What is the chance of you changing things!! 🙂 LOL

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Posted : May 31, 2008 12:48 pm
Cory
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