FAQ - Procurement FAQs

The first step is to register your company on DC Water's Supply Portal.  Locate and open the link to the Supplier Portal Registration Instructions on the Procurement Web page.  Follow the instructions and Click the link to Supplier Registration on the Web page.

It is important to select all of the products and services your firm provides.  DC Water sends out email notifications of new solicitations to firms based on the product and services the company selects.

You can access the DC Water Solicitation Listing site to view open solicitations.

All of DC Water’s business purchase requirements are competed per DC Water’s Procurement Policy.  You can view the Procurement Policy at the link on the Web page.

If you are interested in supplying Goods and Services, Architecture, Engineering and Construction projects, complete the online Supplier Registration in DC Water’s Supplier Portal.

A directory of suppliers registered by commodity grouping within the DC Water Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP). Registered suppliers are able to search for business opportunities and respond to solicitations.

Solicitations are published on the DC Water’s website in the Solicitation Listing. In addition, solicitations are often published in the classified sections of Washington Post, Afro American, Engineering News Records and Washington Hispanic. 

  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.

Please e-mail or telephone the Sourcing Specialist or Category Manager identified in the solicitation.

After final award, send an e-mail or telephone the Sourcing Specialist or Category Manager identified in the solicitation. 

Solicitations are published on the DC Water’s website in the Solicitation Listing. The solicitations are available for download from the site.

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

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.

Upon request, DC Water will provide the Supplier a copy of DC Water’s Tax Exemption Certificate when a Purchase Order is issued.