Eligibility to Do Business with Fairfax Water
Prospective contractors who are legally eligible to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia or other public entities within the Commonwealth are encouraged to seek business opportunities with Fairfax Water. Individuals and/or businesses who are legally barred from doing business with the Federal Government or any State or local government or any other public entity will normally not be allowed to enter into a contract to provide goods and/or services to Fairfax Water. Any individual or business entity that has been, or is currently barred from doing business with any public entity must include in its bid or offer all relevant details related to its debarment.
Payment of Invoices
Payment terms are Net-30 days after receipt of a valid invoice at the Accounts Payable Department. Invoices must include the Contract or Purchase Order number and an itemization of goods provided and/or services rendered. Invoices lacking sufficient detail will be returned or payment delayed until such information is provided. The 30 day payment deadline will be construed as beginning on the date that required supporting documentation is provided.
Fairfax Water is exempt from Federal, State and local sales and use taxes (ID # 54-6025290)
- Procurement Regulations: Fairfax Water is required to comply with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA). The act is available at most public libraries and online (click here).
- Doing Business with Fairfax Water: Prospective contractors are encouraged to introduce themselves to the Procurement Department and/or relevant end users. Formal solicitations are posted on this website, and a listing of available solicitations is available in the lobby of the Morin Building. Large procurements are advertised on this website and published in The Washington Post. Occasionally solicitations will be posted in the Commonwealth’s official website (click here) and other special publications as needs dictate.
- Sale of Surplus Property: Materials and equipment declared surplus by Fairfax Water may be sold to the public only through public auction or competitive bidding.
- Gifts or Gratuities: Employees are prohibited from soliciting and/or receiving gifts from individuals or companies doing business or seeking to do business with Fairfax Water. Employees may accept promotional items with a total retail value of $25 on a one time basis per promotional activity.
The Procurement Process
The Fairfax County Water Authority shall not discriminate against a bidder or offeror in the solicitation or awarding of contracts because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by state law relating to discrimination in employment.
- The Procurement Department seeks competition wherever and whenever practicable and possible. To facilitate the process of purchasing necessary goods and/or services, the Procurement Department creates Blanket Purchase Orders, Standing Orders, and Basic Ordering Agreements; establishes Sole Source Contractors; and establishes approved products lists. To the extent possible these are established via rider clauses from other State and local agencies, or via a competitive solicitation.
- There are two levels of competitive solicitations: Informal and Formal.
- Informal competition normally consists of soliciting quotations from three or more vendors by whatever means is the most efficient (e.g., fax, oral, telephone, mail, or E-mail).
- Formal competition requires the use of a written Invitation for Bids (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP). Formal solicitations require that the IFB/RFP be posted on the Fairfax Water website, and in the case of RFP’s, advertised in a local newspaper. Fairfax Water normally advertises its solicitations in THE WASHINGTON POST.
Fees for Certain Bid Related Documents
Most construction related solicitations and some non-construction related solicitations include detailed plans, drawings and / or specifications. To offset the administrative cost to provide sets of documents a variable fee may be charged. The fee is based on the size and cost to produce and issue the solicitation. Payment must be in the form of a business check, made payable in advance to "Fairfax Water."
- Deliveries of goods, other than chemicals and fuel, are received between the hours of 7:00 A.M., and 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday (excluding official Fairfax Water holidays). Special delivery instructions may be specified in the description area of a Purchase Order, or as an additional term on a formal contract.
- COD orders will not be accepted. All shipments must be accompanied by appropriate packing slips containing the Name of the Shipper, the Exact Contents of the shipment, and the Purchase Order Number. Items received without reference to a purchase order number are subject to being returned to the supplier, freight collect. If items are to be shipped from a company or manufacturer other than the one to which the Purchase Order was issued, the packing list must include the name of the awardee and the Purchase Order number as they appear on the Purchase Order. Failure to comply may cause the shipment to be refused or otherwise delayed.
- All backorders must be properly marked.
- All Chemicals or products containing Chemicals must be shipped with current Material Safety Data Sheets. Packing slips / delivery tickets must include the appropriate Purchase Order Number and must accompany every delivery.
- Personal deliveries of any kind are prohibited.
Fairfax Water Standard Purchase Terms and Conditions
Fairfax Water Standard Purchase Terms and Conditions (Effective 02/11/2015)