Stamps feature Water Authority’s 25th

A commemorative stamp issue is one major way that the Water Authority – Cayman has chosen to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The stamps were issued by the Cayman Islands Postal Service Thursday.

Water Authority-Cayman 25th Anniversary stamps

Postmaster Sheena Glasgow, right centre, presents Water Authority-Cayman 25th Anniversary stamps to Water Authority Director Ms Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, left centre, and student artists Shenoweth Holmes, right, and Kristi Ebanks, left.

Selected by the Postal Service’s Stamp Advisory Committee, the artwork for this three-stamp series (25c, 75c and $2) came from the Authority’s 2008 dedicatory calendar, which was produced under the theme, I Love My Water. The art was submitted by students ages 4-16 who entered the Water Authority’s 2008 Calendar Art Contest.

The 25¢ stamp, titled ‘Mangroves and Water’, depicts the work of 11-year-old Shenoweth Holmes of Leading Edge High School, one of the contest winners. Her picture urges residents to be environmentally responsible.

Appearing on the 75¢ stamp, ‘Rain Drop’, reflects artwork by 14-year-old Kristi Ebanks of St. Ignatius Catholic School. As art contest grand prize winner, her entry is also featured on the calendar’s cover. Picturing rainfall, Kristi’s entry shows each of Cayman’s three islands encased in a raindrop.

John Gray High School student, 16-year-old Jerray Brown’s ‘Splash of Life’ was selected for the $2 stamp. Her colourful imagery includes key natural elements, the ocean, sunset and raindrops, reinforcing the fact that water is essential to life.

Like the calendar, the Water Authority’s stamp issue is aimed at raising awareness about water-related issues such as conservation and environmental responsibility.

Postmaster General and Stamp Advisory Committee Chairperson Sheena Glasgow expressed pleasure at partnering with the Water Authority to produce the commemorative stamp issue. ‘We congratulate the Authority for choosing stamps to celebrate its silver anniversary and we have no doubt that the public will enjoy this opportunity of seeing such vivid samples of our children’s work.’

Minister of Communications, Works and Infrastructure, the Hon. Arden McLean, JP, also endorsed the stamp issue. ‘This 25th anniversary is indeed a milestone, serving to remind us that the Water Authority’s role is a vital element in sustaining our economic growth, our health, and our way of life,’ he said. ‘And while I congratulate the authority on their achievement, I also applaud them for allowing our youth to share in this historic occasion, both through their commemorative calendar and this stamp issue.’

Water Authority Director Ms Gelia Frederick-van Genderen also voiced her satisfaction with the collaborative stamp issue effort: ‘Launching this stamp issue together with the Cayman Islands Postal Service has been exciting. It represents a very special part of the year-long celebration of our 25th anniversary.’

The Water Authority – Cayman was established in 1983 as a statutory body responsible for supplying wholesome and affordable drinking water to the entire population. The Authority also has responsibility for the proper treatment of wastewater and for the protection of the fresh groundwater lenses that exist throughout the Islands.

Until the late 1980s, most people in Cayman relied on rainfall collected in cisterns and on groundwater as their sources of drinking and household water. However, earlier in that decade, a surge in tourism and increased construction of commercial and residential developments had already produced an increase in demand for a reliable source of clean, running water.