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LBJ Pump Station offline 2011-2013

What follows is information I culled through the internet. Many of these are proudly reported on VIWMA’s website.

 

DPNR’s website for the USVI does not offer any of this information to us citizens. We cannot access relevant, pertinent health information except that our beaches are fine, according to their limited tests, which do not test for nitrogen and key contaminants.

 

 

In 2010, the EPA finally reviewed DPNR’s water tests of all the coastal waters of the USVI, from the years 2008 and 2009- and threw them out. The tests performed for all the USVI coastal waters were all invalid.

 

 

Therefore, the only data the EPA has reviewed in the past 7 years, (besides superficial beach monitoring) is data from 2007. The water quality in 2007 showed that 204 of our beaches in the USVI were impaired. How much worse are our waters now, 7 years and 300+ million gallons of raw sewage later?   Despite my constant appeals to the EPA to test our coastal waters over the past 4 years, they only started in September 2013, and they have not given us the results.

 

 

Very little is reported in the newspapers, either, despite Federal Court Orders and continued flagrant violation of the TPDES permit by all concerned. As you can see below, no public notices were given every day of discharge, from beginning to end. I will read through all the newspapers over the past 3 years and see if I find any more notices by looking in person.  I will request all non-compliance reports since March, 2011, again, and will get them to you. 

 

 

LBJ Pump Station Offline January 18, 2011

To complete the first phase of the replacement of a force main at the LBJ Pump Station on St. Croix, the V.I. Waste Management Authority will take the pump station offline today through Jan. 27.

During the completion of the work, sewage will be pumped over Long Reef.

 

LBJ Pump Station offline

Published: January 19, 2011

 

To complete the first phase of the replacement of a force main at the LBJ Pump Station on St. Croix, the V.I. Waste Management Authority will take the pump station offline today through Jan. 27.

During the completion of the work, sewage will be pumped over Long Reef.

The final portion of work for Phase One of the LBJ project includes connecting the newly installed 24-inch force main to the existing system; replacing the flow meter and stand pipe at the pump station; and cleaning of the pump station’s wet well.

The Waste Management Authority is advising all residents with impacted immune systems to avoid the area during this time, as the sewage may contain contaminants that will negatively impact one’s health.

 

LBJ Pump Station Bypass Continues

By Source Staff — February 7, 2011

A planned sewage bypass at St. Croix’s LBJ Pump Station pumping waste over Long Reef will continue until Wednesday due to unforeseen, necessary additional work, according to the V.I. Waste Management Authority. Residents of the LBJ Housing Community and the condo row area should avoid standing water and not use the beach for the time being. Those with weakened immune systems should avoid the area, according to WMA

WMA is replacing a 24-inch force main and doing work on the sewer pump station.

It was necessary to shut down the pump station to allow the contractor to empty and clean its wet well, drain the gravity sewer system and the force main, replace the flow meter and connect the new force main to the pump station, according to WMA.

After the existing force main pipe alignment was exposed, difficulties in making the connection required more time than the 10-days initially planned. Cleaning of the pump station’s wet well was delayed due to excessive sludge and debris. The backwash and drainage of the existing force main had to be phased and controlled over a longer period of time to avoid sewer system overflows.

 

VI Waste Management Authority Institutes its Austerity Program

February 17, 2012

(St. Thomas, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority announces its Austerity Program consisting of comprehensive costs cutting measures as it related to public services. These actions include the reduction of operating hours, the termination of programs, and internal controls to reduce the costs of doing business in an effort to reduce operating costs while still providing the services necessary to achieve our mandate to protect public health and our environment.

Effective February 21, 2011, the hours of operation for the Bovoni Landfill will be changed from 6am-6pm Monday through Friday to 6am-4pm, Monday through Friday. Operating hours of 6am-2pm on weekends and holidays will remain the same. The Anguilla Landfill operating hours will remain same, 6am-4pm, Mondays thru Fridays and 6am-1pm on weekends and holidays. The St. John Susannaberg Transfer Station hours of operations will remain the same at 7am-5pm on weekdays and 7am-12pm on weekends and holidays.

Residents are reminded to take all bulk waste and white goods, such a furniture, bedding, refrigerators and stoves, directly to the transfer station or landfills. Also, all waste deposited at public bin sites is to be placed directly into the bins and not on the ground next to the bin to encourage a cleaner environment and reduce additional costs for removal of illegally dumped items. Residents should also flatten all boxes and other bulky items prior to disposing them.

Effective March 1, 2012, the Saturday hours of operation for the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Centers on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be discontinued. These facilities will continue to be open for operations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-3pm.

The Authority regrets to announce that several community outreach programs will be suspended until further notice. These include the following

  1. Youth Employment Summer (YES) Program (Territorially)
  2. Community Enrichment Grant (CEG) Program (Territorially)
  3. The Greenhouse Program (St. Croix District)

In addition to reduction of public services, the Authority has also taken steps to reduce administrative and overhead expenses including vehicle fuel and energy consumption at offices and facilities. Longer term renewable energy projects to reduce operating costs are also in the planning phases.

“We are asking the general public to comply with these changes and assist the Authority in keeping our islands clean and to adhere to the guidelines for proper waste disposal.  We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to weather the economic challenges and financial difficulties we all face in the Virgin Islands,” said May Adams Cornwall, Executive Director.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications Management at 690-4218 or 712-4951.

 

VIWMA Issues Wastewater Rules and Regulations

June 20, 2012

(St. Thomas, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises the public that it has promulgated the Rules and Regulations for Wastewater. These rules and regulations are available to the general public and business owners and can be obtained from the Authority’s Division of Compliance Management and Environmental Enforcement located at the William’s Delight Office in St. Croix, the Department of Public Works on St. Thomas and the Susannaberg Transfer Station on St. John for a reproduction fee of $5 per copy. The Rules and Regulations can also be downloaded for free from this website from the Wastewater Rules and Regulations page.

All residents are advised that compliance with the VI Waste Management Authority’s Wastewater Rules and Regulations will be enforced effective August 1, 2012. Various penalties are established within the Rules and Regulations for violations. The guidelines for the proper disposal of wastewater are described within the Wastewater Rules and Regulations. Violators will be cited accordingly.

The Wastewater Rules and Regulations have been adopted and published as pursuant to the authority vested in the VI Waste Management Authority as set forth in Title 29, Chapter 8, Virgin Islands Code, Section 496(c) and Title 19, Chapters 53 through 56, Virgin Islands Code, for the administration of its operations and management responsibilities.

The purpose of these rules and regulations is to ensure that the public’s health, safety and welfare and the environment are protected by the proper operation and management of landfills, wastewater, solid waste, and hazardous waste collection, disposal and treatment. The Wastewater Rules and Regulations are required to achieve and maintain compliance with the mandatory requirements of Territorial and Federal laws, including the Clean Water Act and the General Pretreatment Regulations and regulations as applicable to wastewater, solid waste, hazardous waste and landfills.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-690-4218.

 

VIWMA Begins Mon Bijou Phase II Sewerline Repair Project

June 20, 2012

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises the residents of Mon Bijou that the Authority will be commencing Mon Bijou Phase II Sewer Line Repair Project on Monday, June 25, 2012.

The project is expected to be completed within six months and will not affect any vehicular traffic in the area. The Mon Bijou Phase II Sewer Line Repair Project includes the installation and replacement of approximately 1,710 linear feet of six-inch ductile iron sewer line with eight-inch PVC sewer line, 900 linear feet of service lateral sewer line and 15 manholes in the vicinity of the Frangipani Recreation Park and the upper portion of Mon Bijou. The work will not impact any traffic in the residential areas.

The VI Waste Management Authority apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause as we continue to improve the wastewater sewer line infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-690-4218.

 

LBJ Force Main Break Causes Sewage Overflow

July 31, 2012

(St. Thomas, VI) – The V.I. Waste Management Authority advises the residents of St. Croix that a break in the LBJ Force Main has caused sewage overflow problems in the vicinity of the John F. Kennedy Housing Community. The VIWMA was notified of the sewage overflow today at 8:30 a.m.

Corrective measures began immediately and emergency contractor, O’Reilly Construction, was contracted to evaluate and repair the broken force main. At 10 a.m., the LBJ pump station’s house pumps were taken off-line to eliminate wastewater flow in the impacted area and to clear the line of wastewater to facilitate the emergency repair work.

While the pumps are off-line, sewage will bypass through the sewer interceptors in the adjacent area. Residents are asked to avoid the beaches in the Condo Row area until the repairs are completed and the beaches are deemed safe by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. People with impacted immune systems are especially advised to avoid the beaches during this time as the sewage may contain contaminants that may negatively affect one’s health. Notices will be posted at the affected beaches to alert the public.

While the repairs are underway, the VIWMA will continue to disinfect the impacted area to minimize any risks to the public. As we work expeditiously to make the necessary repairs to the LBJ Force Main, the Authority apologizes for any inconveniences this work may cause.

For more information, contact VIWMA Acting Wastewater Director Ann Hanley at (340) 712-4955 or (340) 712-4986.

 

LBJ Force Main Repairs Completed

August 01, 2012

(St. Thomas, VI) – The V.I. Waste Management Authority announces that repairs to the LBJ Force Main have been completed, ending sewage overflow problems in the vicinity of the John F. Kennedy Housing Community.

The repairs by emergency contractor O’Reilly Construction were completed at 1:30 a.m. this morning, after the problems were first reported Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. The LBJ pump station’s house pumps, which had been taken off-line to facilitate the emergency repairs, are back in service and no sewage bypass is reported.

However, residents and boaters are being asked to avoid the beaches in the Condo Row area until they are deemed safe to swim by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Notices that were posted at the beaches remain in effect until clearance by DPNR.

For more information, contact VIWMA Acting Wastewater Director Ann Hanley at (340) 712-4955 or (340) 712-4986.

 

VIWMA Closes Condo Row Beaches Due to Sewer Line Break

October 12, 2012

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises St. Croix residents that the beaches along Condo Row in Christiansted are being closed immediately until further notice due to a sewer line break in the vicinity of the LBJ Pump Station. Residents and visitors are asked to refrain from swimming or fishing in the area at this time.

The LBJ force main experienced a break in the sewer line on Friday morning, causing the Authority to close the beaches in the immediate area. The task order contractor, O’Reilly Plumbing, has been mobilized and will be working to repair this break as soon as possible. A rupture occurred in the 24-inch force main line leading to the LBJ Pump Station just east of the station. The extent will not be known until an assessment has been performed and then the repairs will be done immediately. The Authority will be performing odor suppression operations to reduce the impact in the immediate area during this time.

Residents of LBJ Housing Community, Condo Row condominiums and neighboring areas are asked to refrain from using the beaches in the immediate area. Once the repairs have been made, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources will test the waters along the beaches and determine their access.

Persons with impacted immune systems are asked to avoid the immediate area of the LBJ Pump Station and any standing water in the area until the repairs have been completed.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we work to make improvements to the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 690-4218.

10/13/2012: VIRGIN ISLANDS: Sewer line break near LBJ Pump Station prompts WMA to close beaches. (Radio).

PLEASE NOTE: November is recycling month- so they have elementary schools collect cans for them, and the children’s parents take the cans to the aluminum can facility near the airport!

http://www.viwma.org/Libraries/PDFs/VI_Recycle_Month_2013_flyer.sflb.ashx

 

 

VIWMA Commences LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3

November 29, 2012

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises residents that the Authority will be commencing Phases 2 and 3 of the LBJ Sewer Force Main Project on Monday, December 3, 2012.

The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 4500 linear feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe. The project will commence in the vicinity of LBJ Housing Community adjacent to the WAPA Water Distribution Tank and will travel east along Northside Road (Route 75) and south along Queen Mary Highway (Route 70). The project will end in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Mary Highway and the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums by Beeston Hill.

The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Interior in the amount of $1.8 Million dollars and the contract was awarded to O’Reilly Plumbing & Construction, Inc. The project is expected to be completed within six (6) months.

For the duration of the project, there will be temporary lane closure during the working hours on Mondays thru Sundays which may include up to 24-hours per day. The left lane will be closed in 1000-foot intervals and will be re-opened at the end of each work day. Active work areas will be secured daily with barricades with reflective surfaces.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110.

 

VIWMA Advises of Closed Christiansted Beaches

January 17, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises St. Croix residents and visitors that some Christiansted beaches have been closed until further notice.

On Tuesday, while performing repair work to a sewer line along the Krause Lagoon Interceptor, the LBJ Pump Station was taken offline temporarily. This allowed for the replacement of a portion of sewer line in the area behind the Department of Public Works in Anna’s Hope. While the LBJ Pump Station was offline, wastewater was discharged into the coastal interceptor causing the beaches along “Condo Row” to be closed for public use. The repairs were made to the impacted line and the LBJ Pump Station was placed back online on Tuesday evening.

Christiansted beaches in the “Condo Row” area will remain closed until the water quality is tested by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the beaches are deemed safe for use.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we continue to strive to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-715-9110 or 340-690-4218

 

VIWMA Repairing Broken Sewerline Behind Harris Court

January 18, 2013

(St. Thomas, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises Oswald Harris Court residents on St. Thomas of a broken sewerline in the gut area behind the housing community.

The Authority’s Wastewater crews have performed an interim repair on the pipeline to minimize the bypassing of wastewater into the gut. It is anticipated that repairs to the pipe will be completed by Sunday afternoon. The crew will also be applying odor control to the site to alleviate any odors.

Residents are asked to avoid any running or sanding water in the area and to prevent children from playing in the area. Persons will impacted immune systems should also avoid the immediate area.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we continue to strive to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-715-9110 or 340-690-4218.

 

VIWMA Repairing LBJ Broken Force Main

January 18, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises St. Croix residents and visitors that the LBJ Pump Station is currently offline due to a broken force main sewer line. The broken line was found in the open green space near the WAPA Storage Tank in Richmond on Friday morning by VIWMA employees and contractor.

The impacted area will be excavated to determine the extent of the damage and the broken portion of line will be replaced.

Due to the broken force main sewer line, the LBJ Pump Station is currently offline. Wastewater is being discharged into the Coastal Interceptor and the beaches along “Condo Row” continue to be closed for public use, including swimming and fishing.

VIWMA has posted “Beach Closed” signs at the affected beaches and those Christiansted beaches in the “Condo Row” area shall remain closed until the water quality is tested and the beaches are deemed safe for use.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we continue to strive to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-715-9110 or 340-690-4218.

 

Repairs Completed to LBJ Broken Force Main

January 22, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises St. Croix residents and visitors that the repairs to the LBJ Force Main were completed at 2pm on Saturday, January 19th and the LBJ Pump Station was put back into service.

To complete repairs to the LBJ Force Main, the VIWMA and its contractor, O’Reilly Construction, replaced approximately 20-feet of sewer line, which experienced a hairline crack.

Christiansted beaches in the “Condo Row” area will remain posted and closed until the water is tested and the beaches are deemed safe for use.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we continue to strive to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-715-9110 or 340-690-4218.

 

VIWMA Advises of Closed Frederiksted Beaches

February 20, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises St. Croix residents and visitors that some Frederiksted beaches have been closed until further notice.

On Wednesday afternoon, a force main break adjacent to the Lagoon Street Pump Station was discovered. The break is located approximately 500 feet south of the station in the gut adjacent to the St. Patrick’s School playground.

The Authority’s task order contractor has commenced repairs. During the excavation and repair period, the flow will be directed into the lower portion of the gut and the mouth of the gut on the Frederiksted Beach will be opened to allow for the release of the flow.

The Frederiksted and Dorsch Beaches will be closed until further notice and signs have been posted accordingly. The Department of Tourism has been notified and will inform cruise ship visitors of the beach closures and the alternate beach choices.

The two Frederiksted beaches will remain closed until the water quality is tested by the Authority and the beaches are deemed safe for use.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we continue to strive to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-715-9110 or 340-690-4218.

 

VIWMA Updates Public on Frederiksted Beach Closures

February 21, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority updates St. Croix residents and visitors regarding the Frederiksted beaches north of Lagoon Street Pump Station.

At this time, Beach Closure signs are placed on Frederiksted Beach as a precautionary measure. The signs have been removed from Dorsch Beach as there is no threat of bypass/impact. The VI Waste Management Authority advises residents and visitors that currently no wastewater is being discharged into the Frederiksted Beach. The flow is currently being diverted into the adjacent gut and the Authority has received permission from the Department of Planning and Natural Resource’s Division of Coastal Zone Management to reinforce the existing berm at the mouth of the gut which prevents the flow from entering the beach area and the ocean.

The Authority will continue to maintain the existing berm and apply odor suppressant to lessen the impact on the surrounding area.

Excavation has been performed and work has commenced on the repair to the impacted force main sewer line.

The Frederiksted Beach will remain closed until the water quality is tested by the Authority and the beach is deemed safe for use.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause as we take corrective actions and upgrade the wastewater infrastructure.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 340-715-9110 or 340-690-4218.

 

VIWMA Begins Mobilization on LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3

February 21, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises St. Croix residents that the Authority will begin the mobilization for Phases 2 and 3 of the LBJ Sewer Force Main Project on Friday, February 22, 2013. The initial mobilization work will include the placement of 18-inch piping for the pump around of sewage from manhole to manhole. This will prevent any spillage of wastewater while structural lining is being inserted into existing portions of sewer line.  [NOTE: SEE MAY 22nd– goldenrock mall flooded with sewage.]

The scope of work for the project includes the installation of 4500 linear feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe. The project will commence in the vicinity of JFK Housing Community adjacent to the WAPA Water Distribution Tank and will travel east along Northside Road (Route 75) and south along Queen Mary Highway (Route 70). The project will end in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Mary Highway and the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums by Beeston Hill.

For the duration of the project, there will be temporary lane closure during the working hours on Mondays thru Sundays which may include up to 24-hours per day. The left lane will be closed in 1000-foot intervals and will be re-opened at the end of each work day. Active work areas will be secured daily with barricades with reflective surfaces.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

Update: LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3 VIWMA Announces Road and Lane Closures Scheduled

March 19, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises residents of the planned road closure and land reduction as part of the LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project.

There will be temporary lane closure on Mondays thru Sundays which may include up to 24-hours per day. The left lane will be closed in 1000-foot intervals and will be re-opened at the end of each work day. Active work areas will be secured daily with barricades with reflective surfaces. Total road closure may occur in short intervals to allow for the crossing of the roadway to complete a connection.

The road and land closure for this week includes the following:

  • Northside Road, ROUTE 75: Wednesday March 20th, commencing at 7pm, the roadway in front of the LBJ Housing Community’s eastern entrance between Juanita Gardine Elementary School and the Intersection of Northside Road will be closed to all through traffic. The road will be opened no later than 5am. Traffic from the JFK Housing Community will be allowed to enter/exit access at all times from the east side of Route 75.
  • Centerline Road, Route 753: Thursday, March 21st, beginning at 7pm, the road will be reduced to one lane; except for a 20minute window when it will be closed in order to install the bypass piping in the trench.
  • Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70: Friday, March 22nd, starting at 7pm, the roadway will be reduced to one lane with work completed no later than 5am.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

The LBJ Force Main Phases 2 & 3 Project includes the installation of 4500 linear feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe. The project travel east along Northside Road (Route 75) and south along Queen Mary Highway (Route 70). The project will end in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Mary Highway and the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums by Beeston Hill.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

Update: LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3 VIWMA Announces Road and Lane Closures Scheduled

March 25, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises residents of the planned road closure and lane reduction as part of the LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project.

The road and land closures for this week include the following:

  • Northside Road, ROUTE 75: starting on Wednesday, March 27th, and Thursday, March 28th, at 7pm until 5am, traffic will be re-routed westbound by Juanita Gardine Elementary School and eastbound at the intersection of Centerline Road by the Golden Rock Shopping Center. Residents of the JFK Housing Community will be allowed access at all times.
  • Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70: starting on Friday, March 29th thru Tuesday, April 2nd, the road will be reduced to one lane beginning at the intersection of Queste Verde entrance and Queen Mary Highway northward to the intersection by the Golden Rock Shopping Center in 1000-foot intervals to allow for connections.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

The LBJ Force Main Phases 2 & 3 Project includes the installation of 4500 linear feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe. The project travel east along Northside Road (Route 75) and south along Queen Mary Highway (Route 70). The project will end in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Mary Highway and the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums by Beeston Hill.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

 

UPDATE: LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3 Weekly Update: Lane Closures Planned

April 15, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) updates St. Croix residents of this week’s planned schedule for the LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project.

The road and land closures for this week include the following:

  • Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70: starting on Monday, April 15th thru Sunday, April 21st, the road will be reduce to one lane beginning at the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums northward to the intersection by Golden Rock Shopping Center in 1000ft intervals each day.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

The LBJ Force Main Phases 2 & 3 Project includes the installation of 4500 linear feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe. The project travel east along Northside Road (Route 75) and south along Queen Mary Highway (Route 70). The project will end in the vicinity of the intersection of Queen Mary Highway and the entrance to Queste Verde Condominiums by Beeston Hill.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

Update: LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3 – Week of May 13th Work Progresses With Cleaning and Lining Commences

May 10, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) updates St. Croix residents of the Week of May 13th’s schedule of work for the LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project.

The road and lane closures for this week include the following:

  • Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70: continuing on Monday, May 13th, thru Sunday, May 19th, the road will remain reduced to one lane from the entrance of Queste Verde Condominiums northward to the intersection by the entrance to the JFK Housing Community in 1000ft intervals each day.

During this week, the contractor will be using Closed Captioned TV (CCTV) equipment to evaluate the condition of the sewer lines prior to cleaning them. Once this work is completed, the lining of the existing sewer line will commence. This will include the installation of 4500 feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

ALERT: Pump-Around Sewer Force Main Line Failure and Sewage Spill LBJ Sewer Force Main Project – Phases 2 & 3

May 22, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises St. Croix residents of a sewage spill in the Golden Rock area causing sewage to flood the Golden Rock Shopping Center’s parking lot and surrounding areas.

This morning, at approximately 11:15am, the temporary above-ground pump-around sewer force main became disconnected resulting in a sewage spill into the Golden Rock Shopping Center’s parking lot in the vicinity of Pueblo Supermarket. The VI Waste Management Authority’s personnel advised the impacted businesses, communities and the school of the situation. The Juanita Gardine School was advised by the VIWMA to take precautionary measures regarding their students, and, consequently, parents were contacted and the school was dismissed early.

The LBJ pump station was taken off-line temporarily until the line is repaired. Repairs to the impacted line are expected to be completed by early this evening, at which time the LBJ Pump Station will be returned to normal service. The holding capacity in the pump station wet well and gravity sewer lines filled with sewerage from Christiansted town and the neighboring areas are currently surcharged and the overflow is currently going over Long Reef. This situation will be corrected early this evening.   [Was this corrected? When? Where are the announcements in the newspapers, radio, and on the VIWMA and DPNR website??]

Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources has closed the beaches in the area of “Condo Row” from the LBJ Housing Community westward to the Mill Harbor shoreline. Residents and visitors are asked to refrain from swimming and fishing in this area until the Department of Planning and Natural Resources has deemed the beaches safe for use.

The Authority will be assisted the VI Fire Services to wash down the parking lot and the VIWMA Wastewater Division staff will sanitize and deodorize the impacted areas. The Authority apologizes to the Golden Rock Shopping Center’s businesses and their customers, the residents of the JFK Housing Community and the faculty, staff, parents and students of the Juanita Gardine School for any inconvenience that this incident may have caused.

The Authority’s contractor will continue to evaluate the condition of the LBJ force main with closed circuit television (CCTV) equipment prior to the cleaning and slip-lining of the force main to improve the structural integrity of the existing line. Upon completion of the repairs to the impacted pump-around sewer force main, the scheduled work shall resume.

The road and lane closures for this week include the following:

Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70: continuing thru Sunday, May 26th, the road will remain reduced to one lane from the entrance of Queste Verde Condominiums northward to the intersection by the entrance to the JFK Housing Community in 1000ft intervals each day.

The contractor will continue to use the Closed Captioned TV (CCTV) equipment to evaluate the condition of the sewer lines prior to cleaning them. Once this work is completed, the lining of the existing sewer line will commence. This will include the installation of 4500 feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

 

Update: LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3 Week of June 17th: Lining of the Pipes Continues

June 17, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) updates St. Croix residents of the Week of June 17th’s schedule of work for the LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project.

The road and lane closures for this week include the following:

  • Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70: continuing on Monday, June 17th, thru Monday, June 24th the road will remain reduced to one lane from Route 70 by the entrance of Queste Verde Condominiums northward to the intersection of Routes 66, Contentment Road, and along Route 703, to the intersection of the Golden Rock Shopping Center and Route 75, Northside Road.
  • As determined by the VI Police Department, one way access will cause detours around the project site.

The VI Waste Management Authority has been working closely with the VI Police Department, coordinating the road closures and work schedule to reduce the inconvenience to the motorists. The contractor is working diligently to have work completed in this phase and have the road reopened as soon as possible. The back filling of the current access pits should be completed and repaved by the end of this week, weather permitting. Additional access pits have to be dug, but impact to the traffic will be reduced as much as possible.

This project includes the installation of 4500 feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe which eliminates the need to excavate and is a more timely and cost effective method of repairing the existing sewer lines. The lining portion of the project is almost 50% completed. The last phase of the lining portion will be conducted behind the JFK Housing Community and will not impact traffic.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period. Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the police officers and flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone.

The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

Update: LBJ Sewer Force Main Project Phases 2 & 3 Week of August 12th: Testing of the Lining of the Sewer Pipes Scheduled

August 12, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) updates St. Croix residents of the Week of August 12th’s schedule of work for the LBJ Phases 2 & 3 Force Main Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project. The project is approximately 85% completed. All of the pipe lining has been completed and the contractor is currently pressure testing the newly lined force main. The project is expected to be completed within three (3) weeks, weather permitting.

The road and lane closures for this week include the following:

  • Queen Mary Highway, ROUTE 70 and Contentment Road Route 66: This section of road has been reopened from the Golden Rock traffic light to the intersection of Contentment Road.
  • There will be some construction activity in the vicinity of the Golden Rock traffic signal and motorist are reminded to adhere to traffic control directives.

This project includes the installation of 4500 feet of a structural liner inside of the existing 24-inch ductile iron sewer line pipe which eliminates the need to excavate and is a more timely and cost effective method of repairing the existing sewer lines. The lining portion of the project is almost 50% completed. The last phase of the lining portion will be conducted behind the JFK Housing Community and will not impact traffic.

The schedule may be modified at any time due to inclement weather.

Motorists are also encouraged to use alternate routes during this construction period. Motorists are asked to adhere to the directives of the police officers and flagmen and to reduce vehicular speed when approaching the construction zone. The Authority apologizes for any inconvenience this project may cause as we strive to improve the wastewater infrastructure in the area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

 

Update: VIWMA Commences Work on Cruz Bay Wastewater Pump Station

August 21, 2013

(St. John, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority advises St. John residents that work will be commencing on the Cruz Bay wastewater pump station located adjacent to the Cruz Bay parking lot on Monday, August 26, 2013.

Mobilization of the project will begin on Monday, August 26th. Twelve (12) spaces in the Cruz Bay public parking lot will be closed during the construction period. These spots are located adjacent to the existing pump station. The solid waste disposal bin will also be re-located for the duration of the project. Residents are asked to use the existing waste disposal sites in areas of Enighed Pond, Julius Sprauve Elementary School, the Basketball Court or Pine Peace.

The Authority through its contractor, Island Roads Corporation, will be expanding and upgrading the existing wastewater pump station in Cruz Bay to meet the increasing demands of the town area. The current facility, located adjacent to the public restrooms by the public parking lot, has been operational for more than 30 years and has exceeded its useful life. The new facility will prevent failures and spillages from occurring and facilitate more efficient cost savings operations.

This project, which is funded by the US Department of Interior in the amount of $1.184 Million, includes the construction of a new pump station including the installation of a sewer force main, gravity sewer lines and manholes and the elimination of the existing ejector station and replacing it with an automated submerged system with a wet well and standby generator. The removal and abandonment of the existing infrastructure of existing sewers, excavation, grading, paving, maintenance and protection of existing utilities will also be included in the project which is scheduled to take approximately one year to complete.

The Authority apologizes to the residents of St. John for any inconvenience that this project may cause as we work to improve and upgrade the quality of wastewater collection in the Cruz Bay area.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at 715-9110 or 690-4218.

UPDATE: St. Croix Wastewater Projects LBJ Pump Station Upgrade

November 13, 2013

(St. Croix, VI) – The VI Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) updates St .Croix residents on work being performed at the LBJ Pump Station this week.

The LBJ Pump Station will be taken off-line for approximately 16 hours on Thursday, Nov. 14th to allow for a scheduled installation of a new 12-inch bypass line. This line will facilitate the use of the auxiliary diesel pump during any down time that the main house pumps may experience. It is anticipated that this work will not negatively impact the area or the overall operations of the pump station.

The LBJ Pump Station Project includes the following: upgrade infrastructure through the installation or replacement of pumps, motors, motor controls, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, electrical and mechanical components, pump manifold, cranes, access covers, pump-around system, valves and flow meters,

For more information, contact the Office of Communications Management at (340) 715-9110 or (340) 690-4218, or you may contact Gwendolyn Kelly at (340) 244-1700.

 

 

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