Q. If a car hits a telephone pole in the dark of night how many residents lose power?
A. The entire island of St. Thomas. And most of St. John.
Impressive. WAPA must be pretty fragile if one accident brought down the entire, archaic system. This accident occurred just before 1am on Wednesday morning…and we all know that because that would be the moment fans and a/c units shut off, smoke alarms beeped and died, cell phones stopped charging, clocks and alarms were silenced, bedrooms and homes heated up immediately from the humidity, refrigerators stopped refrigerating and people started relying on camping skills to take care of basic hygiene.
What’s more impressive is that the power is still questionable as of, apparently, 8:30-ish this morning when it clicked off yet again. As we were writing this article. So ironic. And so disgusting. From one car accident. Wow.
Here’s what that means to tourists renting villas this week. You’ve been sweating your nuts off lying in bed trying to sleep but can’t because the sweat is rolling down your face and back. Oh and all that food you bought is rotten now. Did you rent a villa with a generator? I hope so. I also hope you have many cans of mosquito spray as they have a knack of slipping through tiny screen holes and making your life even more miserable. (Although you could pass around those zapping little racket things and make a drinking game out of who can kill the most…and you better start drinking because the beer in the fridge is getting warmer and warmer)
Let’s not forget restaurants without generators and heaps of food getting wasted and money going down the drain. Bakeries that are dealing with ovens that keep clicking on and off as they play the game of, ‘Are we on WAPA or generator power right now?’
As locals we have to put up with this complete bullshit regularly, and it’s never going change. Ever. We will always be a 3rd world little island because our government doesn’t want to bring in professionals. You know, the sort of people that run this crap right from the good ole U.S.A.
Here’s what the complete morons at WAPA had to say:
“It has spiraled into other issues,” WAPA spokeswoman Lynette Moreland said, when asked Thursday evening why rotating power outages continued more than 24 hours after a single utility pole was damaged. The precise causes are very technical, but the surge that occurred at the time of the accident caused feedback, which cause the feeder to go out, which then triggered the rotating outages, she said.
The precise causes are very technical huh…let me translate:
We don’t know what the problem is because we are so poorly run and mismanaged that we can barely function to begin with. Couple that with a system made for the 1930′s and you get a power outage that affects two islands from one power pole being hit.
Sorry I may have embellished a wee bit.
Moreland then referred technical details to WAPA Chief Operating Officer Greg Rhymer, who could not be reached for comment. As to when things might return to normal, “hopefully it will end today,” Moreland said.
And the buck is passed.
WAPA Executive Director Hugo Hodge Jr. is paid more than our governor, as was noted in this article from a year ago tomorrow that made most of the island gag when the WAPA board announced his FORTY PERCENT RAISE bringing his salary from a measly $150,000 to $210,000.
WAPA just increased our bills two days ago. From the VI Daily News article announcing the increase I offer the amusing first line, “After a two-hour meeting that put V.I. Water and Power Authority officials in the hot seat about their service’s reliability, quality and cost, the V.I. Public Services Commission on Tuesday approved increases to the water and power LEAC.” That’s sort of like a parent admonishing their candy-loving, non-tooth-brushing child for not taking care of their teeth but then softening and ending the argument with a rewarding pile of candy, no?
For more on the increase please click here.
For more technical gobbledy-gook on how one pole can screw the power for three days please click here.
…for all the well-meaning WAPA workers that are stuck sweating in the humid air while trying to fix the problems caused by those above you…thank you…