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Bainbridge Island issues call for proposals on outsourcing city's water utility

The city of Bainbridge Island has issued its request for proposals for outside entities to assume management of the city's water utility.

The city sent out its call for proposals Sept. 12, and the deadline for submittal of proposals is Oct. 12.

According to the city's website, proposals that are submitted to Bainbridge Island should provide a detailed description of the management and services to be provided by the responding party. Proposed fees to the city for management should also be included.

Bainbridge officials said the city expects to retain the responsibility of setting rates to be charged to the water utility customers.

The call for proposals follows a vote by the city council on Aug. 15 that asked city staff to issue a request for proposals for management of the water utility.

The city owns and operates two independent water systems, including Winslow-Fletcher Bay and Rockaway Beach, which supply 220 million gallons of water annually to 6,000 customers.

It also owns and operates a well and supplies water for the city's public works and maintenance facility. The water system includes 13 wells, three storage reservoirs, 44 miles of water main, 379 fire hydrants, 2,300 service meters and other utility-related infrastructure.

City officials expect to negotiate a management contract that would run for three years.

Proposals will be reviewed after the deadline passes in October, with a presentation to the public and the city council planned for November.

The contract would go before the city council in December, and the outsourcing agreement would take effect in February 2013.

 

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