Business View Caribbean | August 2019

39 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN AUGUST 2019 AT A GLANCE VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY (WAPA) WHAT: Government agency providing water and power to the territory WHERE: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands WEBSITE: WORKING FOR YOU A lmost two years after the Sept. 2017 hurricane season, several hard-hit Caribbean nations are still reeling from the pounding delivered by Irma and Maria; water and power infrastructure restoration being two critical components in the ongoing recovery efforts. In the USVI, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has always prioritized the reliable delivery of potable water and electrical power to the territory by the safest, most efficient means possible. That priority continues in earnest, today. WAPA is an autonomous agency of the Virgin Islands Government which produces and distributes electricity and drinking water to residential and commercial customers in the territory. The Authority was created by the Fifth Legislature of the Virgin Islands in 1964, and the legislation has since been amended to add the responsibility of installing and maintaining streetlights to the utility’s mission, as well as responsibility for the production and distribution of drinking water. pictured Power plant, St. Thomas