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WATER-LINE LEAK DETECTION PROJECT UNDER WAY

March 13, 2002 – WAPA has contracted Utilities Services Associates of Seattle, Wash., to look for water-line leaks territorywide. USA uses high-tech listening devices to pinpoint the location of leaks on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The project — involving 227 miles of water lines on the two islands — is under way on St. Thomas, where it is expected to take about 13 weeks, finishing around April 15. Work is to start on St. Croix on March 18, with an approximate completion date of May 31.
Work was originally slated to begin on the western end of St. Thomas but in order to accommodate V.I. Carnival 2002 activities, it has been concentrated instead in downdown Charlotte Amalie, Cassandra Dunn, WAPA public relations officer, said Tuesday. The work is being finished on what will be the Carnival parade route, she said, and then will proceed to the area between Merchants Market in Estate Lindbergh Bay and Nisky Center.
The project is expected to improve the potable water delivery system significantly by increasing water pressure and reducing interruptions caused by breakage of water lines.
Best Construction, a St. Croix company, will repair and replace potable water lines on both St. Thomas and St. Croix where USA detects leaks.
To minimize inconvenience to customers, WAPA recommends storing at least three to five gallons of water per person for drinking and bathing while the work is going on. Some cut-offs of service for repairs to be made could take as long as a day, the authority said, but most are expected to be substantially shorter.

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