Water Authority encourages conservation

| 12/03/2018 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The Water Authority has noted that in contrast to warnings of drought in the latest bulletin from the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network, local forecasts suggest that Cayman could see higher than usual rainfall in this region for the next few months. But WA officials said they are still urging people to conserve water and that they continue to regularly monitor the aquifer in East End used by local farmers, which would be impacted if Cayman suffered a drought this year.

A Water Authority spokesperson explained that as most residential customers are supplied with water from reverse osmosis, where saline groundwater is converted into fresh, potable water, farmers would be the ones most likely to be impacted by below-normal rainfall. The farming community relies heavily on the fresh groundwater from the aquifer in East End where the authority operates a well-field, which abstracts fresh groundwater for public and limited commercial use.

“The Authority’s Water Resources team works diligently to monitor the well-field through routine sampling to ensure that the abstraction rate does not compromise the integrity of the aquifer. The Authority will continue to regularly monitor the aquifer to protect against overuse should the predicted rainfall dip to below-normal levels,” the spokesperson said.

CNS was also told that the WA is committed to encouraging water conservation in general. All new customers receive “conservation kits” which contain water-saving shower-heads and faucet aerators to help reduce water use. The authority also produces a Water Conservation Brochure which lists a variety of ways that customers can reduce their water usage in and around their homes.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Conserving water is a priority globally. Whilst I get Cayman has its own system, saving it or cutting back on use would actually save you money. Now there’s a thought.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What about cruise ship visitors and hotels guests? How much water do they consume? It seems that WA has missed the elephant in a room.

  3. Anonymous says:

    why arent you guys moving to digital meters that can be read at headquarters like CUC does? presently your manual reading opens the door to a lot of human errors??????

    • Anonymous says:

      No way. Enough of smart meters already slowly killing people. Cancer registry would have come handy to those who still believe the earth is flat. Children are being born with cancer in the Cayman Islands.

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean the digital meters so many people were unhappy with? Probably because they would cost a lot (passed on to the customers) for no savings unless you want the Water Authority to go to net metering, or variable rates, or any of the other fancy fee systems the power companies (CI, USA, etc.) are starting to use. Which would be somewhat unjustifiable since water is not produced on-demand but produced-stored-delivered so the water utilities already have the option of adjusting their production times if its economically useful. (Like if the power company is charging more at certain times of the day. Water utilities are one of the few entities that can shift their power usage, somewhat, without significant disruption of daily routine.)

  4. Anonymous says:

    They don’t do much these days. Next they’ll be asking pretty please for all fountains on the island to be shut down. Good luck with this when they can’t even manage the natural water resources we have let alone what they produce.

    Maybe it’s a pipe dream, but what about working with CPA and encourage people to build cisterns? Can’t do that now, might cut into their profits.

    The ground water seems the least of their concerns, has anyone ever seen them come out to check septic wells are drilled to the correct depth and grouted properly? What about recycling water from the waste water treatment plant rather than injecting that crap into deep wells? First world countries are catching on to the world water crisis and actually doing something about it what are you folks doing? Maybe if you get out of the water business you might have more Human Resources to manage the producers and end users of both desalinated and fresh water resources.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tell the visitors to conserve water. 17,500 (at least) toilet flashes a day take LOTS of water. And that is just cruise ships visitors.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Lol, precisely what I was thinking. They never give up with the chicken little bullshit.

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