Students tap into program about water

Sir John A. Cumber Primary School students and the Water Company's Karlene Singh, after a presentation on desalination.

Cayman Water Company recently launched a program to educate students in several schools on island about tap water and the desalination process.

The company’s project engineer in business development, Karlene Singh, has made presentations at four schools in George Town and West Bay.

The presentations include subjects such as the historical means of obtaining drinking water in Cayman, a step-by-step description of the desalination process, reverse osmosis and water conservation.

To help explain the osmosis process, Ms. Singh enlisted the help of gummy bears, immersing the chewy sweets in water to help prepare the students for a talk on reverse osmosis, the process used on island to remove salt from seawater.

Each student received a goodie bag that included a pack of gummy bears so they could conduct their own osmosis experiments. Each school also received a poster on the desalination process.

Gregory S. McTaggart, vice president of Cayman operations for Consolidated Water, which owns Cayman Water, said, “Water can be a pretty dry subject for kids, but Cayman is quite special in where it gets its drinking water and we thought it was important for kids to know that.”

Presentations have been given in Cayman Water’s service areas for grades five and six at Cayman International School, Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, Grace Christian Academy and Wesleyan Christian Academy. The company plans to expand the program to include more schools in this school year.