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WAPA Board Extends Two Contracts

The V.I. Water and Power Authority Governing Board approved six-month extensions on two separate contracts during Tuesday morning’s meeting, despite strong opposition from two members.

Senate Panel OKs Comprehensive WAPA Oversight Bill

Legislation to provide the Public Service Commission with regulatory powers over the Water and Power Authority has long been discussed by the Legislature. Friday the measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer Affairs.

WAPA Official Won’t Discuss Leaked Memo with Lawmakers

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Governing Board was called before the Senate on Tuesday on the heels of a leaked, private letter sent from the board’s Vice Chairman Jed JohnHope to Chairman Anthony Thomas.

FEMA Lifts Drawdown Restrictions on V.I. Disaster Recovery Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has gained confidence in the Government of the Virgin Islands to spend the territory’s expected $8 billion in disaster recovery funds, and as of Jan. 29 has lifted the manual drawdown restrictions imposed after a federal audit.

WAPA Board Approves, Extends Construction Project Contracts

The Water and Power Authority’s Governing Board approved, amended and extended a handful of contracts, pushing forward projects including the Cruz Bay Underground Project on St. John.

Outstanding Aggreko Bill Puts WAPA Board in a Quandary

On Wednesday, the Water and Power Authority Governing Board denied payment of over $1 million to fulfill a contractual obligation to Aggreko, supplier of leased generators, after hearing news of legislation that could strip the Authority’s funding source.

Territorial Epidemiologist Reminds Community to Stay Vigilant Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

While there is currently no established transmission of dengue in the territory, according to the V.I. Department of Health, Territorial Epidemiologist Ester Ellis is mindful of the ever-present threat.
Committee of the Whole Chairman Sen. Novelle Francis Jr. asks for an open and honest conversation with WAPA during Friday’s hearing. (“Photos by Chaunte Herbert, Legislature of the Virgin Islands.)

Legislature Grilling of WAPA Devolves into “Melee”

Tension ran high Friday as Senators, meeting as the Committee of the Whole, grilled officials of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority devolved into chaos and decorum was relegated to the background.
Students All Saints Cathedral School students Nyla Vanterpool and Omar Brown fill their water bottles at the first refillable water station to be placed in a territory school. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Territory Schools Begin to Receive Water Refill Stations

All Saints Cathedral School is the first in the territory to be given a water refill station, along with a personal reusable water bottle for every student, a project that has been in the making for over two years.

Testifiers Butt Heads with Lawmakers Over WAPA and PSC Board Expertise

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and Public Services Commission officials opposed two bills that would set minimum criteria of educational requirements for board members of each board.

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