Attorney Kye Walker, the hearing examiner, who, for several weeks, has pored over the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s base rate and fuel surcharge petitions, is expected to give her recommendations Thursday to the V.I. Public Services Commission, and set in motion a potential rate change that could have customers seeing higher bills by next month.

PSC documents reveal, however, that Walker was reportedly “perplexed” by WAPA’s “obvious inconsistency” in its numbers, a matter that came to light in a Nov. 26 letter from WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer, in which he stresses to the PSC that total charges billed to customers will remain the same.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email