The Public Entity Saba signed a contract, last week with AquaSab N.V. for the supply of Reverse Osmosis (RO) water from AquaSab’s RO facility at Fort Bay harbor to the government owned water transport system leading from Fort Bay to The Bottom.
The Public Entity has recently finalized the installation of this water transport system, which was built with the help of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and with advice from Vitens Evides International. The aim with the transport system is to reduce trucking costs of RO water and to ensure a more continuous availability and supply of RO water.
Commissioner Bruce Zagers is happy this project could continue despite the disruptions caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. ‘Availability and affordability of water is a priority, perhaps even more now than before. Water transport to The Bottom is the first step in our efforts to improve water provision on Saba.’
AquaSab N.V. was selected after a bidding process of which the end result was based on water quality, available constant supply, continuity of supply and pricing. The Public Entity was advised by Vitens Evides International during the bidding and selection process. AquaSab N.V. will start supplying RO water on January 1st, 2018. From then on, RO water can be retrieved at a filling station in The Bottom, thereby reducing the high transport costs associated with the uphill trucking from Fort Bay to the Bottom.
The next phase of the project will focus on expanding the water transport system from The Bottom to Windwardside. The Planning Bureau is currently developing the plans for this phase and aims to start construction works early next year.