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Water Authority to commence pipeline installation on Cayman Brac

Equipment to CBRACSoon more Cayman Brac residents will have access to piped water! On Monday 4 November 2013 the Water Authority will commence pipe-laying works on Cayman Brac.

“As Minister for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman I am very pleased to have the Water Authority start the piped water project on Cayman Brac,” said Honourable Moses Kirkconnell, the District Administration Minister and Deputy Premier. “This will encourage sustainable development and improve the quality of life for Cayman Brac residents,” he added.

Initially pipes will be installed along Gerrard Smith Avenue and its side roads (Bertrand Avenue, Bluff Boulevard, Marie Avenue, and Warbler Road). Afterwards the existing pipeline along the south coast (Bert Marson Drive, Channel Road) will be upgraded to 6-inch diameter to increase the capacity of the system and improve reliability.

equipment to CRAC2“The existing water distribution system was installed in 1991, and has not been extended significantly over the last 20+ years. Since then several homes have been constructed on the side roads off Gerrard Smith Avenue which do not have access to piped water. Also some land owners in this area have indicated that they would build homes if piped water was available.” said Mr Tom van Zanten, Deputy Director of the Water Authority. “Additionally part of the existing main pipeline is within the airport property, and as a result of revised international safety and security requirements must be removed. The new pipeline will ensure that the Water Authority can deliver piped water efficiently and reliably to more customers.”

This project comprises the installation of approximately 3 miles of pipework and is expected to continue for a period of approximately eight (8) months. Work will start at the intersection with Cross Road, continuing east along Gerrard Smith Avenue.

An experienced four-men pipelaying crew will be relocated from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac, which will be supplemented with two labourers hired locally. Equipment and materials arrived by barge last week (see attached photos)

The Water Authority does not anticipate any road closures during the pipelaying work however motorists traveling in the area affected are urged to proceed with caution and obey all road signs. Traffic flow will be facilitated at either end using flag men.

The Cayman Brac pipeline project is part of the Water Authority’s ten-year capital plan to expand its water infrastructure in Cayman Brac.

“I am very excited to see the Water Authority return to Cayman Brac to carry out major work on the piped water infrastructure and I look forward to the start of this important project,” said Honourable Kurt Tibbetts, Minister of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing & Infrastructure (PLAHI)

Mr. Lemuel Hurlston, Chairman of the Water Authority Board stated; “The board of directors are delighted to direct the considerable investments in the proposed major infrastructure development works in Cayman Brac. We are confident that these will offer employment opportunities while expanding the services to residents and businesses there and ultimately to Little Cayman.

For more information on the Water Authority and their role in the Cayman Islands, please visit

The Water Authority is the statutory body responsible for the management of water and wastewater in the Cayman Islands. The Administrative Headquarters is located at 13G Red Gate Road, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.


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