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Honouring Mr John Bonwell McLean Sr., OBE, JP

Honouring Mr John Bonwell McLean Sr., OBE, JP
09 September, 2019
Edlyn Ruiz 949-2837

The Water Authority wishes to express its condolences to the family of Mr John Bonwell McLean Sr., OBE, JP.  Mr McLean served as the Water Authority’s Chairman from 1997 – 2000. During those years he was instrumental in the development of the Water Authority and took significant interest in the protection of the East End fresh groundwater lens as a valuable resource to the community.

Under his leadership, the Authority made tremendous strides in developing the public water supply in East End, with the groundbreaking of the East End Water Supply Project taking place in 1998. After his tenure as Chairman, the project was substantially completed in 2001, with the water distribution system extending as far as, and including, John McLean Drive, the road named in his honour. The Authority continued extending the piped water supply in the district, reaching the Colliers area in late 2003. Today, the network in East End spans in excess of 15 miles.

Mr McLean also invested in the future development of the Authority. During his tenure as Chairman, 7.5 acres of land was purchased adjacent to the Red Gate Water Works facility for future expansion. Additionally, the initial conceptual designs of the Sequencing Batch Reactor for the Grand Cayman Wastewater Treatment Facility were completed; the facility later became operational in 2005.  

Other achievements during Mr McLean’s leadership include the expansion of the Reverse Osmosis Plant in Lower Valley and the construction of the Authority’s administration building on Red Gate Road, which continues to serve as our headquarters today.

We honour Mr McLean for his guidance and contribution to the Authority and the people of the Cayman Islands.