Water Authority documentary launched

A new documentary celebrating 25 years of the Water Authority was launched Thursday, giving the public a unique insight into the pioneering role the authority has played in developing water services in these islands.

Titled ‘Custodians of Our Water: Celebrating 25 Years of Water History’, the documentary debuted with a special screening at Hollywood theatres Wednesday, followed by a public airing on Cayman 27 Thursday night. The production will air again on Cayman 27 at 8pm, Thursday, 19 June.

‘In addition to learning about what we do at the Water Authority, viewers will also learn about some of the challenges with environmental protection and conservation and what each of us can do to help preserve this natural resource for future generations,’ said Ms Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, the authority’s director.

Speaking at the premiere, Works and Infrastructure Minister Arden McLean said the authority’s role has been, and continues to be, vital to the well being and quality of life in these islands.

‘This little country has come very, very far and a lot of it is because of the people you will see in this film,’ Mr. McLean said.

The documentary is available on DVD in limited quantities from the National Trust office at Dart Park, South Sound, for $12. All proceeds will support National Trust programs.

‘We are very pleased to be involved in this special project and grateful to the Water Authority for this fundraising opportunity,’ said the National Trust’s Caroline Key.

‘We applaud the Water Authority for taking the initiative to record and preserve this aspect of our history.’

The Water Authority plans to donate a copy of the DVD to every school. Ms Frederick-van Genderen hopes it will help students better appreciate the importance of water, and perhaps inspire them to consider a career with the Water Authority.

‘We hope that by watching this documentary, young Caymanians will become inspired to pursue a career with the Water Authority, for which we have an excellent scholarship program,’ she said.

For more information about the scholarship program, call 949-6352. To contact the National Trust office, call 949-0121.

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