Cayman Water honoured the life of a former worker by naming its new desalination plant and tank building in his memory on Thursday.
Brenzee ‘Burns’ Whittaker died after a heart attack in December 2018.
Cayman Water, which was founded 46 years ago, opened the new plant, called Governors Harbour 3, at its Abel Castillo Water Works facility off the Esterley Tibbetts Highway in West Bay.
The $6.1 million plant, which opened last month, adds another million gallons of production per day. An adjoining water tank cost another $2 million.
On Thursday, Cayman Water along with government officials, guests and other attendees involved in the building’s construction, joined Whittaker’s family, friends and colleagues for the unveiling of a plaque in his honour near the door of the plant.
Frederick McTaggart, Cayman Water CEO, said he and Whittaker both began working at the company in 2000. “He was a wonderful man and we miss him,” he said.
“Those of us who worked with Brenzee can truly say he was an incredible soul,” said Ramjeet Jerrybandan, Cayman Water executive vice president of operations. “We enjoyed working with him every single day and he brought a smile to our faces with his contagious smile.”
On behalf of the family, Brenzee’s sister Elizabeth Whittaker expressed her gratitude. “This is an incredible gift and legacy that we will always keep in his memories and his smile alive,” she said.
Congratulating everyone involved in the new plant, Governor Martyn Roper said he drank tap water regularly at Government House, as did many of the thousands of guests that come to Government House.
Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Joey Hew said he was glad to hear the governor drank the tap water, just like he did. He said the new tank was one that would serve Cayman’s water needs well into the future.
Home Affairs Minister Tara Rivers, who is the elected representative for West Bay South, said she was pleased to see that the new facilities were built to withstand a category 5 hurricane with limited damage. “Should we face a natural disaster on this scale,” she said, “we can take comfort that normal water processing activity can resume quickly.”