Water Authority-Cayman will begin a three-month project to upgrade its main water supply pipeline on Shedden Road on Sunday, 15 July.
The work will be carried out on the section of Shedden Road between Dr. Roy’s Drive and Harbour Drive and along a small section at the intersection with Elgin Avenue in downtown George Town.
The Water Authority is replacing its 8-inch diameter pipeline with a 12-inch pipeline to increase the capacity of the system and improve reliability, according to a news release issued by the authority Tuesday.
“The main pipeline that runs along Shedden Road was installed in the late 1980s and since that time the demand for water has increased significantly,” said Tom van Zanten, deputy director of the Water Authority. “The water distribution system has seen tremendous growth over the past 20 years and the 8-inch pipe has become insufficient to deliver water efficiently and reliably.”
The work is expected to continue for about three months and will be carried out in sections to minimise inconvenience to businesses, residences, motorists and pedestrians, according to the Water Authority.
The first section to be undertaken will be between the intersection with Harbour Drive and the intersection with Main Street. The second section will be in Elgin Avenue, between the intersection with Shedden Road and Louise Llewellyn Way. The crew will then progress along Shedden Road from the intersection with Main Street to Dr. Roy’s Drive.
The Water Authority assured customers that steps would be taken to ensure that service to its clients in the area would not be affected.
“For each section we work on, a temporary pipeline will be installed to ensure that water service to our customers in the immediate area is not interrupted while the main pipeline is out of service,” said Larry Washburn, operations manager. “We will also backfill the trenches at the end of each shift as a safety measure.”
“In order to minimise the inconvenience to the motoring public, the Water Authority will perform most, if not all, of the upgrade work at night, between the hours of 10pm and 6am,” Mr. Washburn said.
During the pipe laying work, the affected section of Shedden Road will be completely closed for normal traffic with access only available to residents. All motorists will be required to use alternate routes. Traffic flow will be facilitated at either end using temporary traffic signals or flags.
The Shedden Road pipeline replacement project is part of the Water Authority’s 10-year capital plan to expand and upgrade its water and wastewater infrastructure.