Fuel spill contaminated drinking water for at least one property

Water Authority does not know how long water had been contaminated

A fuel spill on Shedden Road close to the Rubis gas station contaminated drinking water to a nearby property, according to the Water Authority.

The Authority said in a statement Friday that it did not know when the spill occurred but that it did not come from the gas station.

The statement from the Water Authority said that the organization sent water samples to Florida for testing, and the test for one property came back positive on Thursday for fuel-related contaminants. A second property tested within acceptable World Health Organization guidelines’ limits.

It is unclear when the contamination began and how long customers at the unnamed property had been consuming tainted water.

The Water Authority said it is working with government, the property owner, the gas station and consultants to investigate the fuel spill and figure out how to clean it up. It said the Authority alerted the customer with contaminated water to stop using tap water for drinking and cooking.

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Water resources engineer Hendrik-Jan van Genderen said the Authority inspected all water meters within a 500-foot radius of the spill and did not find other problems with customer connections.

“Though we do not know the source of the spill yet, the reality is that improper disposal of hazardous chemicals at any level is a threat to public safety and environmental health,” he said. “Substances like fuel and oil must be disposed of properly or you risk the health of your family, your neighbors, and the community in general.”

The Water Authority said it also tested nearby groundwater wells but did not find additional contamination. Despite that, the Authority warned people in the area not to use groundwater for drinking or cooking.

Water Authority director Gelia Frederick-van Genderen said the water system itself was not contaminated.

“The nature of the situation is such that only the pipes that came into direct contact with the fuel spill are at risk of being compromised at the molecular level,” she said. “The Authority’s ability to produce clean, potable water has not been compromised and neither has its distribution network. This is a case of site-specific contamination.”

“Unfortunately, fuel spills do occur, and it is part of the Authority’s mission to ensure that these spills do not negatively impact the public and environmental health of our islands,” Ms. van Genderen added.

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  1. I wonder if these gas stations and fuel storage facilities ever get a full visual inspection .
    I think that fuel tanks and pipes below ground should be inspected every 1 to 2 years because of the ground conditions .
    I wonder what is really happening with all of CUC old transformers where they are disposed off , and all the medical waste.
    Please don’t tell me that all those things are going in George town dump

  2. Several years ago another case of site-specific contamination, The Treasure Islands hotel, was unknown to the Water Authority until it was reported by a resident. It took forever to get the results of the water samples and many calls to get a verbal conclusion that the water indeed was not within acceptable parameters. It was a chemical contamination, not bacterial. That case was hushed up.
    I was told by the Water Authority representative that there was just one person at the Treasure Islands water station who was in charge of maintaining the appropriate water parameters. Was there a regular, scheduled oversight from the Water authority or anyone? If not, how many more “case of site-specific contamination” may be out there?
    So drinking bottled water may be the surest way to protect yourself from the harm,
    however, the bottled water delivery service provider in The Cayman Islands could not answer if the water bottles plastic is safe (there is no information on their website and their delivery guy look dumfounded when asked). The blue water bottles that are sold at gas stations are stored outside and expose the bottles to higher temperatures and may imply a greater degree of migration of substances from the plastic to the water.

    In states, 5-gallon bottles are now made of PET #1 plastic which are BPA-free. 3-gallon bottles are currently made from polycarbonate #7 plastic, a strong, clear and reusable type of plastic, which may contain trace levels of BPA, but the transition is planned to BPA-free plastic bottles in the near future.

    People are bombarded from every directions with chemicals. It is predicted that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in a near future. How many kids already have cancer on this island? Cancer cures that do cure (vs. extend suffering) are banned (try to make canabi oil and see) and doctors are arrested, harassed and or imprisoned . It is illegal now to treat cancer other than with chemo, surgery, and radiation. Thankfully these barbaric and brutal crushing treatments will have no place in the future of medicine. Immunotherapy is the future of cancer treatment.
    The citizens and residents of this country must oversee air and water quality. Don’t blindly trust a government authority. Learn from the Fling water tragedy.
    The Compass 2010 publication (see below) should give you a clear picture that drinking water quality is not guaranteed on this island.
    Quotes from the Obeserver (2010): “The Water Authority report, released in August of 2009 found that overall, only thirteen percent of the systems it sampled met the limits for both Biological Oxygen Demand and Total Suspended Solids”..“The results ranged widely, often not only exceeding the “30/30” limits, but exceeding the industry standard for untreated domestic wastewater,” the report states.

    Lastly, the last thing this island needs is additional million gallons of waste from the cruise ship passengers what overwhelm the already crumbling sewage system.