Sweetwater Authority (Authority) is seeking a professional services consultant (or consultant team) to assist the Authority on an on-call basis with a variety of future environmental compliance, data collection, reporting, document production and/or policy related tasks. The Authority invites your firm to provide a proposal in response to this request for qualifications (RFQ), listing its qualifications to provide professional environmental consulting services including the tasks described in the scope of work (Section C).
Services of the selected consultant will be requested in the form of task orders on a case-by-case basis to meet the Authority's needs. The Authority's Water Quality Department will serve as the administrative lead on the proposed contract, and individual task orders will be assigned and coordinated by Water Quality or Engineering Department project managers as appropriate.
RFQ and addendums will be posted on the Authority’s website under Bid Opportunities Results.
The Authority was formed in 1977 as a Joint Powers Agency between the City of National City and the South Bay Irrigation District. Governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, the Authority is a publicly-owned water agency that serves potable water to a population of approximately 200,000 in the City of National City, the western portion of the City of Chula Vista, and the unincorporated areas of Bonita and Lincoln Acres, in San Diego County, CA. The Authority’s service area covers approximately 36 square miles. The Authority has several sources of water supply including surface water, fresh and brackish groundwater, and raw and treated imported supplies purchased from the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA). The Authority’s mission is “to provide its current and future customers with a safe and reliable water supply through the use of the best available technology, sound management practices, public participation and a balanced approach to human and environmental needs”.
More information on the Authority can be found at www.sweetwater.org.
AGREEMENT EXECUTION AND RENEWALS
The selected Consultant will be expected to execute the Authority's standard Agreement for Services (Agreement). Exceptions to the Agreement should be noted in the proposal for consideration. A copy of the agreement is provided in Attachment A. All services shall be performed on a time and materials basis in accordance with the standard hourly rates as submitted by the Consultant and the terms of the Agreement. The Agreement will be in effect for one year and renewable for four subsequent years on an annual basis, for a total of five contract years, at the Authority's discretion.
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CONSULTANT SCOPE OF WORK
his section provides the Consultant with examples of services that may be required during the term of the Agreement. However, the Authority offers no guarantee as to the quantity or type of work that will actually be requested. The Authority typically budgets about $75,000 per year for these services; however, an annual fixed budget amount is not guaranteed, and no payment to the Consultant would be made in the absence of satisfactory work, as determined by the Authority, on an authorized Task Order.
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Proposals submitted by potential Consultants shall be concise, well organized and demonstrate the responder's experience applicable to the requirements of this RFQ. A proposal submitted in response to this RFQ shall be in the order listed in the RFQ. Refer to the RFQ for full (complete) details and instructions.
CONSULTANT SELECTION SCHEDULE
The Authority will evaluate all proposals based on the evaluation criteria presented in this section, as well as other information obtained through background information and references.
1.Proposals must be received by the Authority's Water Quality Department NO LATERTHAN 5:00 P.M., October 10, 2022. Proposals shall be delivered by email to the Authority's Biologist at email@example.com.
2.Authority staff will evaluate the proposals and make a contract award recommendation.
3.Following award, an Agreement between the Authority and the selected Consultant will be executed and a Scope of Work will be issued.
If you have any questions regarding this RFQ or the described scope of work, please contact our Biologist, Pete Famolaro, at 619-409-6814 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your bid submittal.
EPA’s Superfund Program cleans up the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned releases of contamination at polluted sites. There have been many hazardous commercial and industrial wastes that have been mismanaged across the country which has resulted in thousands of contaminated sites that have posed risks to human health and the environment. Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Biden-Harris Administration, plans to invest $3.5 billion in environmental remediation at the Superfund National Priorities List sites. This is considered to be one of the largest investments in American history to address the legacy pollution that harms the public health of communities and neighborhoods.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is committed to leveraging targeted initiatives and strategies focused on the expansion of the utilization of socioeconomic small businesses within its Superfund remedial acquisitions. We are looking for capable and qualified socioeconomic small businesses that specialize in Design and Engineering Services, Remediation Environmental Services, and Environmental Services and Operation with an emphasis on those businesses operating under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes of 541620 (Environmental Consulting Services) and 562910 (Remediation Services).
We are requesting socioeconomic small businesses follow the simple steps outlined in the flyer to register for the EPA OSDBU Small Business Vendor Database. Registration in the EPA OSDBU Small Business Vendor Database will assist EPA acquisition officials with market research and vendor engagement activities and the ability to streamline and expedite the identification of qualified vendors for individual Superfund remedial acquisitions.
All questions and concerns related to this request can be sent to Dianna Price, EPA Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Small Business Specialist at OSDBU@epa.govView Flyer at https://socalptac.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Superfund-Remedial-Acquisitions-Flyer_FINAL_HANDOUT__14Sept22.pdf