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Lab techs: Never take clean water for granted

The likelihood that thousands of children in Flint, Michigan, face a lifetime of illnesses and other effects from lead contamination weighs heavily on laboratory technicians who test to ensure that the water supply on Grand Cayman remains safe.

“The possibility of having to deal with that kind of a nightmare is just staggering,” said Marcela Martinez Ebanks of Water Authority-Cayman. And Water Resources Engineer Hendrik vanGenderen boasts that he has been drinking water from Cayman’s taps for 15 years and would not hesitate to serve it to his family and friends.

“Our water quality control is very rigorous,” he said, “making sure that whenever and wherever it reaches our customers, they get the quality they deserve.”

Mr. vanGenderen says past leaders have made the infrastructure investments to ensure that Grand Cayman has ample room to accommodate many years of population growth.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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