Charleston Water System solicits bids and proposals through formal and informal procedures. Formal
procedures are used when the estimated value of the purchase is estimated to be $10,000 or greater. Informal procedures are used when the estimated value of the purchase is less than $10,000.
Formal procedures require solicitation by an Invitation for
Bid (IFB) or a Request for Proposals (RFP), which may be advertised in The Post and Courier newspaper and the S.C. Business Opportunities (SCEBO) publication at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date offers are due. Direct solicitation documents are mailed to vendors on the Vendor List for the item sought, and Dodge Reports if applicable.
Offers on informal (small) purchases are solicited by
mail,fax or telephone from a minimum of three vendors
on the Vendor List. Informal purchases do not require
public advertising. Generally, the informal bid process
from solicitation to the opening of offers takes from one
to seven days. The evaluation and award process may
take up to three additional days.
Qualified Products Lists (QPLs)
Bidding on some products purchased by the Purchasing Department is limited to vendors whose products are listed on the Commission's Qualified Products Lists (QPLs) for those items. A QPL is a form of specification in which various brands are acceptable products by brand names, model number, or whatever designation is necessary for precise identification. Vendors may submit products for consideration for inclusion on the QPL at any time. For additional information and a listing of the
items covered by QPLs contact
the Purchasing Department.