Cayman Water and Water Authority - Cayman supply Grand Cayman with quality water. In the case of both companies, water is extracted from deep underground via a series of abstraction wells.
The water that is extracted is saline groundwater that has to be treated using Reverse Osmosis. This process, with the addition of three fluoride-free chemicals, makes the water safe to drink straight from the tap. All chemicals added to the water are National Sanitary Foundation approved for potable water use.
Cayman Water serves the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas, while the Water Authority serves the rest of Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac (piped and trucked water). Currently piped water is only available to customers on the western end of the Island, the remainder is served by water trucks. The Authority will continue to expand its network in Cayman Brac, with a new Bluff Water Works facility.
Both companies require you to fill out an application, present your Land Registry form for proof of ownership and pay a non-refundable connection fee that varies according to the size of your water meter. Please note that both companies only allow property owners (not renters) to apply for water service. If you are a tenant, please arrange with your landlord to receive duplicate billing.
Always be sure to inspect your home regularly for dripping taps and “phantom flushing” toilets to avoid an unexpectedly high water bill. If you suspect a leak, please contact a licensed plumber as soon as possible.
At Cayman Water, in 2020, the first 3,000 US gallons for a residential customer will be charged at CI$18.98/1000 gal. Anything above that will cost CI$22.77/1000 gal. An energy adjustment factor surcharge is applied each month that varies according to the cost of electricity. Monthly meter charges also vary depending on the size of the meter, from CI$3.50 to CI$40 for meter sizes ranging from 5/8” to 6”. Cayman Water’s website provides additional information to customers, such as current water quality data and answers to frequently asked questions.
At Water Authority - Cayman, the first 12 cubic meters (m³) (approximately 3,200 US gallons) will be charged CI$4.56/m³. Anything above that will cost CI$5.79/m³. In addition, there is also an Energy Adjustment Factor charge (which varies monthly and covers the fluctuations in the cost of electricity to produce the desalinated water). Monthly meter charges also vary depending on the size of the meter, from CI$5.00 to CI$58 for meter sizes ranging from 20mm to 150mm. The Authority’s website allows property owners to register for an online account. While the Authority offers a variety of payment methods, anyone can pay their bill online at the Authority’s website regardless of whether they have an online account or not. It also provides information on outages, tips on saving water, water and sewage application forms, meter reading request forms and online fault reporting. For emergencies outside of business hours, please call (345) 946 4357.
Locally bottled water is clean, affordable, and tastes good. It can be found in grocery stores and petrol stations. Alternatively, you can install an under-the-sink well-water/city-water filter system.
For those who need their cisterns filled, Flowers Block provides bulk water.