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Alert: WAPA to Start Water Conservation Friday


Feb. 24, 2006 — Potable water customers on St. Croix will experience water interruptions starting Friday and continuing until March 3.
Water desalination plant No. 3 has been taken out of service for its annual overhaul, according to a release from the Water and Power Authority.
During the time the plant is down the authority will be shutting off water service between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. as a conservation measure.
Consumers are urged to conserve water and switch to cisterns or wells, if available.
Some ways to be water-wise include the following: plug the drain before running water for baths and keep showers short with pressure at low force; turn off running water while brushing teeth or shaving; fill wash and rinse basins with water when washing dishes to avoid running water continuously; recycle rinse water to water plants; immediately repair leaks and drips; match the water level to the load size in washing machines; only do full loads; and avoid extra cycles in the dishwasher.
WAPA's Water Distribution Division will conserve water by cutting off its pumping capacity during the above mentioned hours, the release said, and by completely cutting off the supply from the storage facilities.
Consumers at higher elevations may be the first to notice the effects of the water outage.

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