Today we are proud to celebrate World Water Day, and the 2019 theme ‘Leaving no one Behind’.
In 2010 the United Nations recognised that the “right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights”. Sadly, today billions of people are still living without safe water.
Gratefully, here in the Cayman Islands, we have access to safe and sustainably managed water for all; and that is thanks, in large part, to the work of Water Authority – Cayman.
Since its inception, the authority has been hard at work building a water infrastructure that supports the needs of the people of the Cayman Islands. Its network covers the vast majority of Grand Cayman and significant investments have been made to expand the network in Cayman Brac. Also, the Authority has plans for future service in Little Cayman.
The Authority works to ensure that when we do turn on our pipes the water is safe, by conducting routine testing of the public water supply distribution network.
Water is an essential building block of life. Not only is it essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
This World Water Day, we are proud to recognise this important aspect of the Authority’s work and the women and men who strive every day to ensure all of the Cayman Islands has access to pure and wholesome water.
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly is Minister for Education, Youth, Sports, Lands and Agriculture.