|TO:||Honorable Mayor and City Council|
|FROM:||Randy McKeegan, Finance Director|
|SUBJECT:||Resolution determining that Bioxide®, a proprietary chemical for sewer odor control and reduction of sulfide gas levels, cannot be reasonably obtained through the usual bidding procedures and authorizing the Finance Director to dispense with bidding thereof for a period of one year, not to exceed $1,000,000.|
Staff recommends adoption of resolution.
Some areas of southwest, northwest and northeast Bakersfield experience continuing odor problems from the sewer trunk lines thus creating a nuisance to residents and businesses. Nuisance odors are a violation of the San Joaquin Unified Air Pollution Control District (District) policies and can be punishable by a fine. The City has previously received a warning from the District to alleviate the nuisance odors and reduce the high levels of sulfide gas found in the sewer system, or face a fine by the District. Bioxide® has proven itself to be compatible with the City Wastewater secondary treatment process and is environmentally sound.
Due to the proprietary nature of Bioxide® and the need to continually inject Bioxide® to control odors in the sewer trunk lines, staff is recommending adoption of the Resolution to dispense with bidding for Bioxide® and authorizing the purchase of Bioxide® from the sole supplier, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC on a continuing basis in amounts to meet the City’s requirements, not to exceed $1,000,000.
If at any time it is determined that other products or more effective products are available, staff will re-evaluate the sole source designation of Bioxide® and will seek competitive pricing to insure the best interests of the City are met. Funds are available in the Sewer Enterprise Fund for this purchase; there will be no General Fund impact.