EL CENTRO – Perc Water Corporation won the bid for three major water waste projects in the Imperial Valley totaling more than $300,000, including the forthcoming detention facility soon to open.
The three projects are Poe Colonia, Gateway of Americas, and the Barbara Worth Country Club Sewer District.
William Brunet, director of Public Works, explained the process for choosing a contractor. After the written proposal, a committee composed of city managers, and IID and county professionals scores the proposal, then the top contenders come for an interview.
One aspect that was important to the county according to Brunet, was having a full time operator on the job.
Brunet said that the changing regulatory environment warranted the revisiting of the old agreement, which had lasted 20 years with the previous contractor.
“California and Federal regulatory compliance is just going to be more and more difficult with time,” Brunet told the board.
The Public Works Department put out a Request for Proposal rather than the Request for Bid due to the scope of work. Request for Bid generally goes to the lowest responsible bidder, however a Request for Proposal is when other factors beyond price have significant value.
With stricter regulatory compliance and record keeping being required, a computerized system that could monitor in real time the chemicals being injected, parts per million of what composed the water and other data was essential.