Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Rush
to Hire New Management Team

January 2, 2001 -- According to an email the Water Industry Council received from Bill Reinhardt, Publisher/Editor of Public Works Financing,  Ellen McLean, Chair of the Finance Committee at Pittsburgh City's Water and Sewer Authority, is urgently seeking an interim water system management firm until a twenty year contract can be signed at the end of 2001. Qualifications of proposers is due at the Authority by January 12, 2001. A shortlist will be published on January 23rd and a preproposal meeting is scheduled for January 29 through 30th. Technical and cost submissions are due on February 13th. The interim contract is slated to commence on March 15, 2001. The Water and Sewer Authority hopes to have a long-term contractor signed as early as September 1, but more likely by December 31, 2001. At that time the City of Pittsburgh expects to sign a 20-year contract then to run its 117-mgd rapid sand filter (circa 1969), 455 million gallon storage system and all pumps and pipes that
carry an avgerge of 65 mgd from the Allegheny River to 82,000 customers inside the city.

A key to winning this contract is the ability of private manager to sell Pisburgh's excess water capacity to surrounding suburbs.The County wastewater authority serves a population of 550,000.

Financial advisor is PNC Capital. McLean and her staff appear to be running the interim procurement but will hire legal, process advisors for long-term contract.


Ellen McLean
City of Pittsburgh Water & Sewage Authority
Chair, Finance Committee
Room 200
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15219

Fax: (412) 255-8649




Issuance of RFQ/RFP December 19, 2000
Qualification Statements Due January 12, 2001
Qualified Proponents Identified January 23, 2001
Pre-Proposal Conference  January 29 or 30, 2001
Technical & Cost Proposal Due February 13, 2001
Top Ranked Proponent Selected  February 23, 2001
Negotiation of Management Agreement  February 23 - March 1, 2001
Target Commencement March 15, 2001