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WAPA OFFERS TIPS FOR POSSIBLE POWER PROBLEMS

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The Water and Power Authority will interrupt electrical and potable water service only if, when and where such a move is necessary "to protect personnel and equipment."
WAPA, making preparations for severe weather anticipated with the passage of Hurricane Jose, will continue to provide service "as long as possible" throughout the territory, a press release from the utility states.
If it does become necessary to take power down, WAPA will restore service on a predetermined priority basis, beginning with "critical installations" such hospitals and government centers and moving next to towns and other high-population areas.
Some power lines are likely to be downed by the storm, and residents should assume such lines are still energized and avoid coming into contact with them, the release says. If an electrical line should fall on a moving vehicle, the driver should shut the engine off but everyone inside the vehicle should remain there until advised by WAPA personnel that the line has been de-energized and it is safe to exit the vehicle.
The utility also offered these tips to cope with potential problems that power outages might bring:
– As cistern pump motors will be out of service, residents should store water for cooking, bathing and flushing commodes ahead of time in bathtubs and other containers.
– Similarly, as pumps will not be operating at service stations, drivers should top off their motor vehicle fuel tanks before the storm strikes.
– Those with electric ranges should make preparations for alternative means of cooking, such as using portable stoves or coalpots.
– Residents should stock up on non-perishable foods and beverages, bottled drinking water, batteries for flashlights and radios, and candles.
– Once power is off, residents should unplug appliances and switch off all circuit breakers except one. The one connection will enable you to know when power has been restored.
Here are some telephone numbers to call for particular WAPA problems:
– Downed lines and electrical emergencies, 773-0150 for St. Croix and 774-1424 for St. Thomas-St. John.
– Potable water, 773-3775 for St. Croix and 775-5873 for St. Thomas-St. John.
If lines are busy, keep trying, WAPA says; however, once you have reported a problem, do not call again seeking follow-up.

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