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EPA Issues First-Ever Orders to Water Systems for Failure to File Consumer Confidence Reports

Release Date: 04/25/2000
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(#00074) St. Thomas, USVI – In the past several months, EPA has cited 94 drinking water systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands for their failure to file a report, detailing the quality of the drinking water delivered by the system and characterizing any risks that may have been posed by contaminants in the water. The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 required drinking water systems to prepare these reports, called Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR), and distribute them to water customers by October 19, 1999. In the months prior to October, the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources reminded all of the systems that these reports were due. EPA has issued Orders requiring the systems to prepare and distribute reports as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2000, or they could face penalties.

"We’re ordering these water systems to develop the reports as soon as possible," said Jeanne M. Fox, EPA Region 2 Administrator. "These 94 systems are not alone. There are probably thousands of systems throughout the country that have not yet distributed Consumer Confidence Reports, and EPA is working with the states, commonwealths and territories to identify these systems and take action to correct the violations. These are just the first of many actions the Agency will be taking in coming months. The next Consumer Confidence Report is due by July 1, 2000 and annually thereafter."

While most states and territories, such as the Virgin Islands, have primary responsibility for enforcing the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act, they do not yet have the regulatory  authority to enforce this new Consumer Confidence Report provision. Until the states and territories change their regulations to gain this authority, EPA will enforce the rules. In this case, the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources identified these systems and asked EPA to take action. EPA and the Department have agreed to work together to enforce the rules in this way while the Virgin Islands Agency revises its authorities to assume the role of primary enforcer.


DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS THAT RECEIVED ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS
Anna's Hope Detention Center
Bay Court (#1 North)
Bay Garden Condo (East)
Bay Garden Condo (West)
Cabrila Point Res.
Caneel Bay Empl0yee Home
Carib Villas Ii (Bldg.a)
Carib Villas Iv (Bldg. B)
Carib Villas Iv (Bldg.a)
Clearview Apartments
Concordia Manor I
Concordia Manor Ii
Concordia Manor Iii
Cormorant (America) Condo
Cormorant (Danish) Condo
Cormorant (English) Condo
Cormorant (French) Condo
Cowpet Bay Village-east Condo
Cowpet Bay Village-west Condo
Criminal Justice Complex
Cruz Bay Apartments Bldg.a-c
Cruz Bay Apartments Bldg.b
Cruz Bay Apartments Bldg.d
Dorothea Condo Association
Estate Carlton Condo
Fairway Village
Fort Louise Augusta Condo
Gentle Winds Resort (Bldg B-a)
Gentle Winds Resort (Bldg C,l)
Gentle Winds Resort (Bldg D-e)
Gentle Winds Resort (Bldg I) C
Gentle Winds Resort (Bldg J) C
Gentle Winds Resort (Bldg K) C
Golden Grove Correctional Facility (C)
Golden Grove Correctional Facility (K)
Golden Grove Correctional Facility (M)
Good Hope Community Townhouse
Grenada Del Mar Condo
Herbert Grigg Home (Kitchen)
Herbert Grigg Home, Dhs (Ltc)
Heritage Hills Condos
Hospital Ground Project a
Hospital Ground Project G
Hospital Ground Project F
La Grande Princesse Villa
Little Reef Condo
Long Reef Condo
Midland Spring
Mitchell Guest House
Pepper Tree Terrace Trailer Pa
Plantation Manor Banana Condo
Plantation Manor Hibiscus Cond
Plantation Manor Papaya Condo
Plantation Manor Pointsetta
Queen Loiuse Apartments I
Queen Louise Apartments Ii
Queen Louise Home
Questa Verde Condo (Bldg D)
Questa Verde Condo (Bldg F)
Questa Verde Condo (Bldg K,l)
Questa Verde Condo (Bldg M/n)
Regatta Villas Sect. 2 Bldg.6
Regatta Villas Sect.2 Bldg.7
Regatta Villas Sect.1 Bldg.2
Regatta Villas Sect.1 Bldg.3
Regatta Villas Sect.1 Bldg.4
Regatta Villas Sect.1 Bldg.5
Regatta Villas Sect.2 Bldg.8
Repco
Sapphire Bay West Condominiums a
Sapphire Bay West Condominiums C
Sapphire Bay West Condominiums D
Sapphire Village Condominiums
Schooner Bay Condo (Enterprise
Schooner Bay Condo (Weatherly)
Schooner Bay Condo, (Defender)
Seaview Nursing Home
Stony Ground Villas (Bldg.a)
Stony Ground Villas (Bldg.b)
Sugar Beach Condo
Sunrise Cove Condominiums
Taarneberg Ross Project Bldg.1
Taarneberg Ross Project Bldg.2
Taarneberg Ross Project Bldg.3
Taarneberg Ross Project Bldg.4
The Reef Condo
University of the V I
Watergate East - Bldg.14,15,16
Watergate West - Bldg.18
Watergate West - Bldg.20
Watergate West - Bldg.21
Watergate West - Bldg.22
Watergate West - Bldg.23
Youth Rehabilitation Center