Water pipeline laid along highway extension

Current project involves almost two miles of water pipe

Cayman Water Company has substantially completed the first phase of an important project with the construction of 2,000 feet of water mains along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway extension. 

The newly-laid pipeline runs from Raleigh Quay to Yacht Club Drive and on Friday a crew of seven Cayman Water workers backfilled and compacted the last section of trenching in this area. The water pipe, 12 inches in diameter, still has to be flushed, pressure tested and disinfected. 

The pipeline will eventually be almost two miles in length, connecting Cayman Water Company’s existing mains in Governor’s Harbour to its mains on Batabano Road in West Bay. Total cost is projected to be $750,000, said Gregory S. McTaggart, vice president of operations. 

He said these mains had been called for in the company’s master distribution system plan. The timing of the construction, however, was moved forward to avoid future disruption of the highway extension after it is open to traffic and to take advantage of cost savings. 

Noting that there is already a pipeline between Lime Tree Bay and West Bay, Mr. McTaggart said the new pipeline will increase reliability of service to Cayman Water’s customers.  

“It will also facilitate the smooth transmission of water between Cayman Water’s primary service areas of West Bay and Seven Mile Beach in times of an national emergency like Hurricane Ivan,” he said. 

Further, it will provide for the supply to future water demands along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway extension, he said. 

“Cayman Water is pleased to have access now to this new road corridor to facilitate this very important infrastructure improvement,” Mr. McTaggart said. “It will not only benefit Cayman Water customers by providing better system redundancy in case of disasters, but it will also benefit the motoring public by precluding the disruption that would occur if construction took place after the road was completed.” 

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