Pipeline project finished ahead of schedule

The Water Authority completed its work on the upgrade of the main pipeline on Walkers Road, replacing the original 8 inch pipeline with a 12 inch pipeline, resulting in increased capacity and improved reliability for surrounding businesses and residents.

The extensive project, which commenced in July 2007, with an expected completion of 31 May 2008, was completed on 15 April 2008, six weeks ahead of schedule.

Mr. Tom van Zanten, Deputy Director of the Water Authority explains why the upgrade was necessary: ‘The main pipeline that runs along Walkers Road was installed in the late 1980’s and since that time the demand for water has increased ten-fold. The original 8 inch pipe was no longer sufficient to deliver water efficiently and reliably.’

Due to the expected duration of the project which spanned the length of Walkers Road, between Hospital Road and the South Sound junction, the upgrade work was carried out in sections to minimise the inconvenience to residents, motorists and pedestrians.

In addition, to further minimise the inconvenience, the Water Authority performed most of the upgrade work at night, between the hours of 10pm and 6am, and the open trenches were backfilled at the end of each shift.

‘We would like to express our sincere thanks to the operations staff for working at night during the past nine months,’ said Mr. Bob Robler, Operations Manager.

‘We also thank the motoring public and residents in the area for their patience and understanding while we carried out this work.’

‘I applaud the Water Authority for being pro-active in their planning and approach to this system upgrade,’ said Mr Arden McLean, Minister responsible for the Water Authority. ‘Not only did they complete the project ahead of schedule, but they have clearly demonstrated consideration for the general public by taking steps to minimise the inconvenience to the many residents of the busy Walkers Road area.’

The Walkers Road pipeline replacement project is part of the Water Authority’s ten-year capital plan to expand and upgrade its water and wastewater infrastructure.

‘With the completion of Walkers Road, we have now begun work on Fairbanks Road, an upgrade that should be completed in approximately six weeks,’ said Mr. Robler.

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