Finally: Saba Splash water on sale as of next week

As of Monday, December 20, 2021, the general public, businesses, and organizations can begin purchasing their Saba Splash drinking water. Payment for the bottle must be made before, not on the same day, at the Receiver’s Office, located at the Government Administration Building.

The cost per 5-gallon bottle will be US $4.50 and US $3.50 for a 3-gallon bottle. Consumers will pay an additional US $7 for the initial purchase of the bottle, payable once. After this, consumers will only pay for water, if they return the bottle. The bottle cannot be damaged or contaminated, or it will not be accepted upon return. The US $7 is non-refundable.

Businesses and organizations can order their water via the Saba Government website, www.sabagov.nl . The orders must be for a minimum of 10 bottles, in order to utilize this service.

A transitional system has been set up to make the purchasing of water accessible for residents: they can order and pay for the water at the Receiver’s Office at the Administration Building located in the Bottom on Mondays and Wednesdays (8:30am to 11:30am, 1:15pm to 4:00pm) and Fridays (8:30am to 11:00am).

Pick-up of the water bottles and return of the empty bottles will take on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 10:00am – 12:00pm at the big parking lot by the water filling station in the Windwardside and between 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Princess Juliana’s Sports Field in The Bottom. People are required to show their receipt from the Receiver’s Office in order to pick up their order. Payment on-site is not possible. The first 150 customers will receive a free hand pump with their purchase of water.

The Saba Splash water bottling plant, which opened last month, was constructed with the funding of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW). This Ministry also provided funding to subsidize the water price until July next year. Prices after July 2022 will be US $6 for a 3-gallon bottle and US $7 for a 5-gallon bottle.

In the coming months, Saba Splash will also become available in the supermarkets. Once this happens, and the water, therefore, becomes more accessible, the transitional system for residents, of payment at the Receiver’s Office and pick-up of bottles at the parking lot in the Windwardside and at the Princess Juliana Sports Field, will stop.

For questions concerning the water and the purchasing process, please contact the Saba Splash team at sabasplash@sabagov.nl or +599 416 3511.

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3 comments

  1. It is unfortunate that, in particular people in politics, have a selective memory.
    Hence this refresher:

    State Secretary Knops will be surprised that his gift will not be used for what it was given for. If you want water, you have to go and collect it yourself. Oops, that wasn’t meant to be:

    Dutch govt. donates drinking water transport truck to Saba
    January 10, 2019 Leave a comment
    The Dutch government, via the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, will donate a truck to Saba to transport the three- and five-gallon refillable water bottles from the under-construction water bottling plant, to and from businesses and homes.
    Dutch State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced the donation at the unveiling of the sign board at the water bottling plant site in St. John’s.

    And then there’s also the research into what kind of dispenser the population wants. Sorry someone forgot. Just figure it out yourself.

    Saba continues to improve water distribution
    December 21, 2018 Leave a comment

    Zagers announced that a survey in the community will be held shortly so people can indicate what kind of dispensers they want in using the large drinking water bottles.

    Doppers for Saba to reduce single-use plastic bottles

    January 7, 2019 2 Comments
    The Public Entity Saba intends to drastically reduce single-use plastics through several actions. The new water bottling plant, the reusable large water containers with dispensers.

    Yes, it is all in the newspapers.

  2. This is what happens if one gives too much autonomy to local authorities to handle their local business. It also does not help to send “expert advisers” to help them if they lack the competence to understand the local situation.

    The result is, that local taxpayers and the European taxpayers pay the bill for a solution that does not really help them. Very sad.

    Frans

  3. The last i heard from a very well known and long term respected contractor the construction cost of a private cistern is about 2. US/ gallon . Now ” SABA SPLASH” will be 2. US/ gallon. Really ??????

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