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The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is a public-power utility whose core purpose is to enhance the economic development and the quality of life for people living in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the surrounding areas.
Energy star award 2008 partner of the yearWAPA is an autonomous governmental instrumentality of the Government of the Virgin Islands that produces and distributes electricity and potable water to approximately 55,000 electrical customers and 13,000 potable water customers. WAPA also installs and maintains street lights in the territory. As a semi-autonomous government agency, WAPA, is considered a not-for profit public corporation that contributes directly to the Virgin Islands Government's budget through an annual payment in lieu of taxes to the Virgin Islands Treasury.
The Authority was created on August 13, 1964 by the Fifth Legislature of the Virgin Islands in Act 1248. The legislation creating WAPA has been amended several times. The enabling legislation was amended by Act 6488 on December 29, 2001 by adding the responsibility of installing and maintaining adequate street lights in the urban and rural residential sections to the utility. Prior to Act 6488, the Department of Public Works was responsible for street lights.
On June 24, 1987 the responsibility of distributing potable water was added to WAPA's duties in Act 5265. This act expanded the scope of the utility's potable water duties to include not only production of desalinated water, but the distribution of the product through water lines and standpipes.
WAPA operates electrical generation and water desalination and reverse osmosis units on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. Electrical service is provided to St. John, Water Island and Hassel Island through submarine cables. On St. John, WAPA operates a diesel standby generator and a desalination unit.
Rates for electrical, potable water and street light services are regulated and set by the Public Services Commission.