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FAQ - Procurement FAQs

If you are interested in supplying goods and services, complete the online Vendor Application for Goods and Services in our Vendor Portal. If you are interested in architecture, engineering and construction projects, complete the online Vendor Application for A-E Construction in our Vendor Portal. You may also pickup an application from the Procurement Department, 5000 Overlook Avenue S.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20032.

A directory of vendors registered by commodity grouping within the DC Water Financial Management and Procurement System. Registered vendors are able to search for business opportunities and respond to solicitations for goods and/or services.

Solicitations are published on the DC Water website in our vendor portal. In addition, solicitations are often published in the classified sections of The Washington Post, Washington Times, GeorgeTowner, Afro-American, Washington Hispanic, El Tiempo, Northwest Current News, and Engineering News Record.

  1. IFB - The solicitation document used for competitive sealed bidding for the purchase of equipment, materials, goods and construction.
  2. RFP - The solicitation document used in the competitive sealed proposal process. The RFP procedure permits negotiation of proposals and prices.
  3. RFQ - The solicitation document used in competitive procurement, which requests technical or professional skills and experience.

Yes, but only for construction drawings and specifications. The fees vary; please refer to the solicitation advertisement for details.

Please telephone or e-mail the contract specialist identified in the solicitation.

After final award, telephone or send an e-mail to the contract specialist identified in the solicitation. You can also review the "Recently Awarded" solicitation listings.

  1. Download solicitation announcements from this website.
  2. Fax your request to 202-787-2042.
  3. Pick up solicitations from the Procurement Department
    5000 Overlook Avenue, SW
    2nd Floor, Washington, DC, 20032

Information may be obtained by calling the District of Columbia's Department of Small and Local Business Development at 202-727-3900, or visiting their office at;
441 4th Street NW, Suite 970
North, Washington, DC, 20001.

This is a procurement solicitation that is open to all vendors.

What is the LSBE Preference Award Mechanism?It is a preference mechanism applicable to proposals and bids that are facilitated with discretionary funds, and received from Local and Small Business Enterprise (LSBE). This preference mechanism is used without regard to the service or commodity.

Bids and proposals are evaluated using a preference point system in the form of points (in the case of proposals) or percentage reduction in price (in the case of bids) as follows:

Local Business Enterprise 5 points or 5%
Small Business Enterprise 5 points or 5%

Federally funded construction and architectural and engineering projects (EPA contracts) contain provisions with "Fair Share" objectives for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) participation.

The contractor must submit a written request to the Contracting Officer, including all pertinent documents relating to the request for change of name.

Yes. DC Water uses credit cards for certain types of low dollar non-competitive procurements.

Payment will be processed net thirty (30) from invoice receipt date. Note that invoices are considered received only if fully supported by documentation and after goods and/or service has been received.

The D.C. Business Tax No. is 251873 and Federal Tax ID is 52-2201147.