Water Authority worked like ‘Trojans’

| 29/01/2020 | 19 Comments
Cayman News Service
Water Authority staff worked ‘like Trojans’

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin commended Water Authority staff for working “like Trojans” through the night after Tuesday’s earthquake. He denied that there was any confusion arising from the authority’s actions, maintaining that the confusion was due to misinformation on social media. He said he was in close contact with the director and, in the aftermath of the quake, she had no plans to turn off the water island-wide but a notice was issued to confirm that those who were about to be cut off for non-payment would not lose supply.

He said the situation changed when the authority began losing pressure at the actual plant and it became apparent there were a significant number of leaks. A decision was then made to turn off the supply and check the system area by area.

The authority worked all through the night, checking and repairing the entire systems until most people had their water back. WA officials said Wednesday that their water production plants are operational and the reservoirs are intact in both Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.

By noon Wednesday, most customers’ water service had been restored, with some exceptions, mostly in George Town. Cricket Square has been isolated for further assessment as there are a number of sinkholes in that area. South Church Street, Windsor Park, parts of the Fairbanks Road and Academy Way area, Walkers Road, South of Keturah Street and some parts of South Sound are also without water due to sinkholes and damaged pipes.

“We are working to restore service in these areas as soon as possible. Our crews are continuing to assess the situation in each of the areas, and are working to identify the leaks, so that repairs can be made and service restored. There will continue to be interruptions in service for each of these areas, once activated, as damage assessments are being carried out.

“Customers can continue to get updates via our website and social media pages We thank you for your patience and understanding,” the authority stated.

Officials also advised that customers should monitor movement of their meter to ensure there are no leaks. Should there be more aftershocks, further disruptions may be possible, the authority warned.

Meanwhile, people are being asked to report sinkholes. Government is already aware of those posted below and Hazard Management Cayman Islands is currently in the process of mapping each one.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, horsing around.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to all the WA staff.
    Trojans are exceptional workers. Now please get the Health Ministry to provide them for free.

  3. anonymous says:

    Thank you to our hard working men!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So, one outside and 5 hiding in the trailer?

  5. Thankful says:

    Thank you to the Water Authority staff for doing their jobs while the rest of us slept to ensure we could get ready for work this morning with minimal interruption and be able to stay at work with flushing toilets. When compared to other disasters, it may not have been extreme, but thank you for your effort and hard work that benefited us all.

  6. Steve says:

    Trojans…. Stop leaks… Hopefully.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone check the runway for sinkholes and cracks before allowing approaching planes to land? There did not seem to be any break in air traffic. Anyone know the answer?

    • Anonymous says:

      I know for sure, there are a lot more ponds and bigger ones, than before at the end of the runway. They need to bring in half of Canada’s rocks to fill them all up. How come we are not hearing a thing about all these new massive sinkholes?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Can someone from the Authority confirm if the water is drinkable?

    • Anonymous says:

      With all the leaks, most below water table in George Town, the silt buildup in the pipeline will be next to impossible to flush out after fixing. Word from the wise, those who drink more tap water drink more muck. Take your chances.

      • Anonymous says:

        The imported water marked up at 100x the cost in a piece of plastic is less regulated and comes from tap sources also. Take your chances with your plastic water.

  9. PYHBYLAKYAG says:

    Do they want medals just for showing up? Seems like part of their job working for a water service company. They’re lucky, in the winter of 2011 in UK teams of Trent Water workers were doing 3-4 shifts back to back fixing frozen pipes in the frigid cold. Here you have to do a single or double shift in mid 70s temperature, pure luxury.

    Our Premier seems to have a jaded view of what real work is.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Good communications is part of any Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan. Suggest during the review of what is good and what can be learned from the event and response you consider all the angles.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Breaking news: People do their jobs!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I would hope so, as CUC Linemen do as well and way more often…

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