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Leading the Way to a Cleaner Future

The mission of the Water and Power Authority’s Clean Water Action communications campaign is to provide the community with timely and accurate information about its actions to provide safe and clean water to the people of the US Virgin Islands in accordance with guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Our Plan for Cleaner Drinking Water

In November 2023, 119 water samples taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), utilizing standard testing protocol, confirmed levels of lead at household kitchen taps were extremely low. These accurate results made it abundantly clear that St. Croix does not have a lead water emergency.

The initial September 2023 tests conducted by the EPA, the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) detected lead in water at the distribution meters of 36 St. Croix locations, with 30 sites significantly below action levels. These initial tests were conducted at the water meter, and not at the tap like in November 2023, where testing at the tap is standard protocol.

To date, WAPA continues to follow standard EPA testing protocols and continues to review and adopt the EPA recommendations received in December of 2023 and beyond. Customers will also continue to be educated on how to protect themselves and their families from lead.

While awaiting EPA’s subsequent sampling study in November of 2023 (referenced above), WAPA took immediate action. Starting on November 18, the Authority issued water vouchers to over 2,650 eligible customers in affected areas on St. Croix. In addition, the Authority also distributed sink and pitcher water filters in mid-January through DPNR’s Safe Drinking Water Fund. While the accurate November 2023 sequential sampling results, published on December 07, brought relief to customers, WAPA advocates for ongoing water quality awareness. The filter distribution aligns with WAPA’s enhanced public education campaign, also benefiting Virgin Islands residents relying on cistern water. EPA and CDC endorse point-of-use filters for improving taste, removing contaminants, and safeguarding health. WAPA also launched an island-wide initiative to test the water across St. Croix, another major step towards ongoing water quality awareness. This allowed the Authority to help residents identify if their sink aerators and indoor plumbing, although the responsibility of the residents, may be causing undetected levels of lead and copper.    

On January 22, 2024, the “no drinking or consumption” advisory under the State of Emergency was lifted by the Government of the Virgin Islands. This decision was based on the November 2023 sequential sampling results, published on December 07, indicating significantly lower levels of lead than previously identified. Furthermore, WAPA continues its mission to address the brown/red water found in several areas of St. Croix’s potable water system and has been taking proactive steps over the last few years to do so. Water line replacement is in progress, with multiple areas of the system rehabilitated, like in Estate Clifton Hill, Christiansted and Frederiksted towns. This work is funded by the EPA’s Drinking Water Capital Improvement Fund. With FEMA funding of up to $1.5B, it is anticipated that the island’s entire public water system will be fully replaced over the next several years.  The Authority is also planning similar initiatives for St. Thomas and St. John.

WAPA is working collaboratively with the Office of the Governor, VI Department of Health, VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources and other local agencies to ensure clean and safe water for the people of the Territory. 

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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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