WAC celebrates its 25th Anniversary

The Water Authority celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently with a gala event at Pedro Castle.

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Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts presents an award to Lurline Bodden in honour of the late George Bodden. Photo: Submitted

The keynote address was delivered by the Leader of Government Business, Kurt Tibbetts, and focused on the importance of a reliable water supply in the Cayman Islands.

At the event, those who made significant contributions over the years to the Authority were awarded with hand-blown glass trophies by Mr. Tibbetts.

The first award of the evening was in recognition of the Outstanding Contributions of the late George Bodden.

Mr. Bodden was recognised for his early vision to develop a proper water infrastructure in the Cayman Islands.

The award for Distinguished Service was presented to Thomas Hill, one of the Water Authority’s first employees, and former Deputy Director, who retired in 2006.

Mr. Hill also played a vital role in the formation and chairmanship of the Plumber’s Examination Board.

Awards for Exceptional Leadership were presented to past chairmen of the Water Authority.

This list included the late Sir Vassel Johnson, the first chairman of the Water Authority, Linford Pearson, John McLean Sr., Derek Wight, McKeeva Bush.

The Chairman’s Award was presented by the current Chairman of the Water Authority Board, Mr. Brainard Watler to the Operations Crew that worked on the pipeline upgrades along Walkers Road, Smith Road and Fairbanks.

The crew worked during the night shift for several months in order to minimise inconvenience to motorists in the area and the projects were completed on time and on budget.

The award recipients were Vincent Grant, Nelson Carrasco, Bruce Watler, Melvin Hodgson and Mario Dinnall.

This special event marked the end of the Water Authority’s year-long celebration that included a 2008 Calendar featuring water-related artwork by local students, a historical forty-five minute documentary, a commemorative stamp issue and the launch of its quarterly newsletter.

‘It has been a very exciting year for the Water Authority as we look back on the achievements of the past twenty-five years,’ said Dr. Gelia Frederick-van Genderen, Water Authority Director.

‘Now we look forward to the future and our continued commitment to providing a quality water and wastewater infrastructure in the Cayman Islands.’

The public is invited to attend the Water Authority’s upcoming Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on 8 January at 5pm.

The event was postponed from its original date in November 2008 due to Hurricane Paloma.

Among other activities, the event will focus on the importance of water conservation.

For more information on the Water Authority, visit www.waterauthority.ky