Update: Water supply disruptions to continue Wednesday night
The Water Authority – Cayman is working to fix a major mainline leak that disrupted the supply of water to large portions of George Town on Tuesday and customers were advised by the company that they may experience low pressure on Wednesday.
The Water Authority reported that as additional measures are necessary to drain the area and complete the repairs, parts of its George Town water supply would be shut down Wednesday night, starting from 9:30pm.
“Some areas of George Town will still be supplied by the George Town Pump House but others will be supplied by the Lower Valley Water Works, which may result in lower than normal water pressure for some customers. Customers in Savannah, Prospect and Red Bay may also be affected by lower water pressure due to this temporary measure,” according to a statement from the Water Authority.
As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, workers were pumping water from the damaged line at Ed’s Plaza near the Butterfield roundabout so they can make the necessary repairs.
Water Authority Communications Officer Hannah Reid said she had recently been at the site, and that workers did not know how long repairs would take.
After outages were reported on Tuesday, the Water Authority worked throughout the day to discover the source of the problem, finding the leak around 11 p.m., according to a press release.
“No residents were affected directly by the leak and the pipeline was closed off,” the press release stated. “The water supply team will resume their efforts this morning to replace the broken section of pipeline and restore service to the commercial building affected.”
While the commercial building near the broken line is still out of water, the Water Authority rerouted water through the rest of its network to resume services in the rest of town – though certain customers could experience low pressure, said Ms. Reid.