Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. and its subsidiaries develop and operate seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems, as well as produce and supply water to customers in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. It uses reverse osmosis technology to convert seawater to potable water. The company supplies water to end-users, including residential, commercial, and government customers. As of December 31, 2009, Consolidated Water Co. operated 16 reverse osmosis desalination plants through its subsidiaries and affiliates. It also offers engineering and management services, including designing and constructing desalination plants, and managing and operating desalination plants owned by other companies. The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.