Cayman Water encourages customers to go paperless

Manuel Thomaz, left, and Erin Bodden announce the promotion between Cayman Water and Meals on Wheels.

Cayman Water and Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels have combined to impact the environment and the community in one fell swoop. Cayman Water, which recently launched its new website, is hoping to entice its customers to go paperless by making a public contribution to charity.

For every customer that elects to have a paperless bill, Cayman Water will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels. So far, 289 customers have signed on, putting $289 in the coffers of Meals on Wheels. Cayman Water hopes to get 1,000 customers or more to sign on before the promotion ends in June.

Manuel Thomaz, general manager of Cayman Water, is thrilled with the early returns and thinks the average customer can have a huge impact simply by making a decision to go paperless.

“From a legal standpoint, it’s exactly the same to have a paper or paperless bill,” he said. “But it’s the bill itself. It’s the envelope, the energy and the toner it takes to create it. Paperless doesn’t cost anything for the customer. It will be easier for them. They’re helping the environment and helping Meals on Wheels.”

Meals on Wheels recently raised more than $30,000 from its annual Change for Change Coin Drive, which can pay for approximately 6,000 meals to the local community. The charity provides meals for 223 seniors on Grand Cayman five days a week, and it generally serves around 4,000 meals per month.

Cayman Water already has more than 2,300 customers in its online portal, and it hopes to entice many of them to sign on for online billing. Its new website, www.caymanwater.com, allows customers to see their consumption history and to report outages or problems to the company immediately.

“We were very diligent in choosing our charity,” said Karlene Singh, a project engineer in business development for Cayman Water. “Everyone can relate to it and see the need there.”

“I think this promotion is such a great way for Cayman to give back,” said Erin Bodden, general manager for Meals on Wheels. “Not only is it better for the environment as it reduces paper waste, but due to Cayman Water’s generosity Meals on Wheels will also be able to feed more seniors. It only costs $5 per day to feed a senior so every dollar donated goes a long way in helping to provide meals for our seniors.”