Legislative Alert: 'Open Procurement' proposals threaten engineering-based decisionmaking
The AWWA Water Utility Council has been made aware of efforts in several states and municipalities to enact legislation, often called “Open Procurement” bills, that would effectively force communities or utilities to seek bids for materials, particularly pipes, of all types and materials, and then to accept the lowest bid for materials in a water infrastructure project. This forces the selection of materials to be based solely on price. Consequently, the decisions of utility project managers and design engineers in choosing specific materials for a particular site or function may be overridden.
We have developed a legislative alert, a template letter and oral talking points to help AWWA Sections, utility managers and other members confront this issue.