Meeting Draws Most Major Private Water Companies
By Larry Chertoff, Water Industry News
The Stockton California mandatory meeting of potential proposers brought out more than the usual suspects. According to James Binder, President of Alternative Resources, Inc., Boston, Mass., consultant to Stockton at least 13 operating companies attended the meeting and toured the facilities. Additionally, 10 architect/engineering firms also participated.
They inlcuded Cal Water, Severn Trent, Bechtel/US Water, San Jose Water, Earth Tech, CH2M-Hill, USFilter, ECO, United Water, Thames, OMI, American Water Services, CMI, Inc., and Right Water Inc.The Citys Wastewater Utility is a regional system serving the greater Stockton metropolitan area. It serves the Citys needs as well as several San Joaquin County service areas and special districts by contract. There is a significant seasonal load to the wastewater system from agricultural processing industries (i.e., "canning" industries). The Wastewater Utility includes some 1151 miles of sanitary and lateral collection lines, 20 sanitary pump stations, a nominal 42 million gallon per day (MGD), biological primary-secondary treatment facility and a nominal 55 MGD tertiary treatment facility. The primary-secondary and tertiary treatment facilities are located on separate sites, separated by the San Joaquin River. The treatment facilities discharge to the river. Residuals from the treatment plant are transported to outside counties and land applied for agricultural purposes. Currently, residuals cannot be land applied for agricultural purposes in San Joaquin County. The long-term continuation of land application is uncertain due to recent calls for and implementation of some county bans on such practices.
The Citys Water Utility purchases treated water from a publicly owned water wholesaler (Stockton East Water District) and pumps water from its own wells to serve some 33,500 accounts, approximately 44% of the Citys homes and businesses. A private water company (Cal Water) provides water to the remaining City residents and businesses. The City water is stored in five ground level enclosed steel storage tanks and two elevated tanks. There are approximately 405 miles of water mains and 187 miles of service connection lines. All service connections are metered. Included in the City water system are over 2997 fire hydrants that are maintained by the Fire Department. Water management includes a substantial conservation program with seasonal and year-round restrictions.
The Citys Stormwater Utility collection system includes 389 miles of main lines, 108 miles of lateral lines, 8555 maintenance access holes, 12,602 catch basins and 64 pumping stations. The City is a co-permittee with San Joaquin County on the NPDES stormwater permit. The NPDES stormwater permit mandates an extensive stormwater management program.
The City currently sends out some 77,000 bills each month. For the area where the City provides water services, the City maintains water, wastewater and stormwater utility accounts. For areas of the City not served by City water, the City maintains wastewater and stormwater accounts. Bills are paid by mail, in person at City Hall or at satellite drop off centers located throughout the City.
Significant issues facing the City utilities include: expanding the wastewater treatment facilities to meet City growth; negotiating limits for reduced ammonia nitrogen discharge from the wastewater treatment plant to the San Joaquin River (the current NPDES wastewater permit has expired and negotiations are underway for renewal); securing long term reliable and economic residuals disposal; the possibility of implementing measures to achieve "zero discharge" of wastewater effluent to the San Joaquin River (i.e., treat as necessary to find re-use alternatives to reduce the treatment plant discharge); and securing adequate water supply and sufficient water rights to sustain desired economic growth. Capital improvements necessary to meet these challenges may be substantial over the next 20 years.
REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
The City is implementing a two-step procurement process, requiring companies to first meet minimum qualifications solicited through the Request for Statements of Qualifications and Expressions of Interest (RFQEI); and then for those companies found to be qualified, by soliciting Proposals through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Interested parties may request a copy of the REQEI from: Gary Ingraham, Assistant City Manager
Tel: (209) 937-8212
SOQEIs must be submitted by 2PM, local time, March 9, 2001, to:
James J. Binder, P.E.
Tel: (978) 371-2054
Water service was first provided to the North
Stockton area by the City