By JOHN REZANKA
Earth Tech and USFilter compete for wastewater contract operations
in Streator, Illinois
A committee reviewing operating contract proposals for Streator, Il, wastewater treatment plant has narrowed the field of candidates to two
The committee reviewed base bids from three different companies
including the current operator, USFilter, as well as Earth Tech and OMI.
USFilter submitted a low bid of $324,172 per year. Earth Tech submitted
the second lowest bid of $390,353 per year.
OMI was eliminated from consideration after submitting a high bid of
$620,120. Due to the significant difference in cost between the two
other bids. Apparently, it appears the company merely submitted a
general cost estimate rather than a specific response to the request for
At this point, the city must revisit the base bids from
the two finalists to make sure they are comparable in all respects. The
committee needs to take a close look at items such as differences in the
proposed maintenance budgets, estimates on landfill costs for sludge
disposal, estimates on the cost of land application of sludge, the cost
of swimming pool maintenance (an item included in the USFilter contract)
and the monitoring of industrial flows.
The city will not necessarily choose the lowest bidder because the
companies will provide professional services. The committee
also needs to consider factors such as the quality of the staff and the
efficiency of their operations, a factor which could result in lower
utility costs for the city. “Maybe, by paying more, we can save money
in other areas.”
Interviews will be held next week so
the committee can get answers to those questions.
The committee has also developed a cost estimate for city operation of
the facility – $354,740 per year.
While that number is comparable to the two low bidders the city not take over those operations.