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Leading the Way to a Cleaner Future

Making sure the people in the Virgin Islands have clean drinking water now and in the future by taking quick and effective action, updating our water systems, and keeping our community informed.
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Our Plan for Cleaner Drinking Water

As the leading provider of water to the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) places clean water as a top priority.

WAPA is responding quickly to recent test results completed by the utility, Department of Planning & Natural Resources (DPNR), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). High levels of lead and copper were found in areas on St. Croix as a result of an aging water system. As we work closely with local and federal government agencies to remedy this issue, we will keep the public informed and educated on our plans, progress, and how to keep families and visitors safe.

The first phase of WAPA’s response includes giving out vouchers for drinking water funded by an appropriation of $350,000 by the 35th Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The plan also includes providing impacted residents with water pitchers and faucet filters funded by the EPA Clean Water Drinking Act through the Department of Planning & Natural Resources (DPNR), and lead testing of residents through the USVI Department of Health (DOH). In addition, WAPA continues replacing its aging underground water system. Full rehabilitation will take time, but WAPA is committed to restoring clean water to our customers. 

Visit this website frequently for the most timely and accurate updates as we work through this challenge together.

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How you can get help

Find Resources

Please find additional resources to address needs you may have here.

Apply for Voucher

Click here to see if you are eligible for free bottled water vouchers .

How to Redeem Voucher

Click here to learn how to redeem your water voucher.


Distribution Centers


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• La Grange • Smithfield/Wheel of Fortune/Two Brothers • White Lady • Hannah’s Rest • Campo Rico • Whim • Stoney Ground

Agricultural Fairgrounds

• Grove Place • St. George • Adventure Hill/Paradise • Mount Pleasant (South) • William's Delight • Estate Profit • Castle Burke

John H Woodson Jr High School

• Colquohoun • Mon Bijou • Barren Spot • Diamond (West) • Strawberry Hill • Sion Farm • St. John/Montpellier


Have Questions About Your Water?

We’ve put together a list of FAQs to offer answers to everything from water discoloration and source water purity to plans for remediation and billing. We will continue to add to this list as we get your questions through this website, from local Town Hall sessions, and other community outreach events.

You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. The best way to know your risk of exposure to lead in drinking water is to identify the potential sources of lead in your service line and household plumbing.

While we know that not all parts of the potable water distribution system are showing lead levels above recommended action levels, WAPA has identified approximately 3,400 homes and businesses that may be affected. This number may change depending on the results of further sampling and installation of lead-free components in the impacted areas.

The Department of Health hotlines are available for residents to call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with health concerns related to testing for lead. Individuals may call 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519.

On Oct. 30th, the VI Department of Health launched an initiative to conduct free blood lead level testing for up to 1,000 children aged zero to six years old and pregnant women on the island of St. Croix. Children zero to six years old and pregnant women are considered most at- risk with lead exposure.

For a child to be tested, a parent or guardian must register their child and give consent at our online portal Lead Testing Gateway | Beacon USVI.

The department’s Epidemiology team will test from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, at the Community Health van in the parking lot adjacent to the department’s modulars in Estate Richmond.

The St. Croix Clinical Laboratory at the Sunny Isles Medical Center on St. Croix is offering lead testing to all other members of the community.

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