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File #: 2019-544    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Non-Consent Status: Passed
File created: 8/28/2019 In control: OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
On agenda: 12/4/2019 Final action: 12/4/2019
Title: AGREEMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF LIQUID CATIONIC POLYMER, SPECIFICATION NO. C-2019-1087BD
Sponsors: Rob Thompson
Attachments: 1. Agenda Report, 2. C-2019-1087BD FINAL CHEMICAL SUPPLIER AGREEMENT
Related files: 2019-824

FROM:                     James D. Herberg, General Manager

                     Originator: Rob Thompson, Assistant General Manager 

 

SUBJECT:

 

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AGREEMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF LIQUID CATIONIC POLYMER, SPECIFICATION NO. C-2019-1087BD

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GENERAL MANAGER'S RECOMMENDATION

 

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RECOMMENDATION:  Recommend to the Board of Directors to:

A.       Approve a Chemical Supplier Agreement with Polydyne, Inc. for the purchase of Cationic Polymer, Specification No. C-2019-1087BD, for the period beginning February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 for a unit price of $2.548 per active pound plus freight and applicable sales tax, for a total estimated annual amount of $3,866,280 with four (4) one-year renewal options; and

 

B.       Approve an annual unit price contingency of 15%.

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BACKGROUND

 

The cationic polymer is a crucial chemical in the thickening and dewatering processes.  The Orange County Sanitation District (Sanitation District) currently uses cationic polymer to dewater digested sludge in the centrifuges at both Plant Nos. 1 and 2.  It is mixed into the digested biosolids prior to the dewatering centrifuge process to induce coagulation and to improve dewaterability.  Cationic polymer is also used to thicken primary and secondary solids at both Plant Nos. 1 and 2.  The thickening process increases the concentration of solids introduced to the digesters which is necessary to maintain regulatory standards for digester detention time and volatile solids reduction.

 

The unit cost of $2.548 per active pound is a 13% savings from the current unit cost of $2.947 per active pound in the current contract. 

 

RELEVANT STANDARDS

 

                     Safe, beneficial reuse of Biosolids

                     Use all practical and effective means for resource recovery

                     Sustain 1, 5, 20-year planning horizons

 

 

 

PROBLEM

 

The current cationic polymer contract with Polydyne, Inc. will end on January 31, 2019 with no renewals remaining.

 

PROPOSED SOLUTION

 

Develop cationic polymer specifications for new and existing thickening processes and conduct the standard competitive bid process to award the agreement to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

 

TIMING CONCERNS

 

A new agreement needs to be in place prior to the expiration of the current agreement on January 31, 2019.

 

RAMIFICATIONS OF NOT TAKING ACTION

 

A shortage in cationic polymer would result in an inability for the Sanitation District’s thickening processes to operate correctly which would reduce digester operating volume, reduce biosolids production, and increase offsite biosolids hauling.

 

PRIOR COMMITTEE/BOARD ACTIONS

 

November 2018 - Awarded sole source chemical agreement to SNF Polydyne, Inc.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

In accordance with Purchasing Ordinance No. OCSD-52, the Sanitation District selected a two-step bidding process which included a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a Notice Inviting Bids (NIB).  Of the two companies that submitted their samples for testing, only one, Polydyne, Inc., was deemed responsive.  The other prospective bidder, Univar, provided a sample, however they did not provide a complete bid and was deemed non-responsive.

 

Polydyne, Inc. submitted a bid for one polymer type, WE-1233, that had successfully passed the testing process.  Staff recommends awarding to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Polydyne, Inc., for the purchase of cationic polymer, type WE-1233.

 

CEQA

 

N/A

 

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

 

This request complies with authority levels of the Sanitation District's Purchasing Ordinance.  This item has been budgeted in the Proposed Budget Fiscal Years 2018-19 and 2019-20 Division 830 and 840 operating budgets (Line item: Section 6, Pages 84 and 88). 

 

 

Date of Approval

Contract Amount

Contingency

12/18/2019

$3,866,280

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12/18/2019

Future Unit Price

15%

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENT

The following attachment(s) may be viewed on-line at the OCSD website (www.ocsd.com) with the complete agenda package:

 

                     Chemical Supplier Agreement

 

 

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