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File #: 2018-579    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/17/2018 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 3/28/2018 Final action: 3/28/2018
Title: RFB 1118 Ferric Chloride - Kemira Water Solutions, Inc.
Sponsors: Suzanne Coffey (WRRF)
Indexes: Wastewater Operations
Attachments: 1. Ferric Chloride Market Analysis_28March18 MK JG FINAL March 9, 2. Ferric Chloride No Response Follow Up_28March18 MK JG FINAL March 9, 3. Ferric Chloride Procurement Checklist_28March18 MK JG FINAL March 9


RFB 1118 Ferric Chloride - Kemira Water Solutions, Inc.



Agenda of:                      March 28, 2018

Item No.:                     2018-579

Amount:                     $13,772,500.00                                                                                                                                                                                             


TO:                                          The Honorable

Board of Directors

Great Lakes Water Authority


FROM:                     Sue F. McCormick

                                          Chief Executive Officer

                                          Great Lakes Water Authority


DATE:                     March 9, 2018


RE:                                          RFB 1118 Ferric Chloride - Kemira Water Solutions, Inc.




Upon recommendation of Suzanne Coffey, Chief Planning Officer, Interim Chief Operating Officer --  Wastewater, the Board of Directors (Board) of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) authorizes the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to enter into an Agreement for Ferric Chloride with  Kemira Water Solutions, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $8,263,500.00 for three years with two one-year renewal options at $2,754,500.00 per year for a total of $13,772,500.00 and authorizes the Chief Executive Officer to take such other action as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote. 



GLWA utilizes liquid ferric chloride in the chemical treatment of wastewater at the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). Ferric chloride is an essential chemical in settling of suspended solids; as such, it plays a significant role in the removal of solids and phosphorus in the primary treatment process of wastewater to comply with the permit requirements.  This is achieved by using two ferric chloride feeding sites located at both influent pump stations at WRRF.


This procurement requires vendors to comply with all local, state and federal laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to the safe transportation and handling of ferric chloride solution.  In addition, the successful vendor will also provide training in safety procedures for the handling and storage of ferric chloride for all WRRF personnel who are in daily contact with the vendor’s product.  Training includes, but is not limited to safe procedures for handling, storage, spill containment and neutralization, and first aid for exposure to the product.




Procurement Method

The Procurement Group of Supply Chain Operations Team, competitively bid this project to obtain the lowest responsive and responsible vendor.

Advertised:                                                                                    December 7, 2017

                                                                                                         On BidnetDirect(MITN) - Request for Bid (RFB) 1118

Distributed to:                                                               131 vendors

Downloaded bid documents:                     15 vendors

Response due date:                                                               December 28, 2017

Responses received:                                           Two (2) vendors submitted bids

Evaluation Method:                     Request for Bid (RFB) - Lowest responsive and responsible bid tabulation.

Vendor (Lowest to Highest)                                                                                     Cost____________

                     Kemira Water Solutions                                                                                                          $393.50 per ton

                     PVS Technologies                                                                                                                              $438.00 per ton


The price is firm for the term of the agreement.

It is recommended to award to Kemira Water Solutions.


Kemira Water Solutions is the incumbent provider.



This vendor is not currently nor has been previously involved in any litigation with GLWA.





A financial risk assessment was performed by Supply Chain Operations via Dun & Bradstreet.  It was determined that the selected vendor has the financial capacity to perform the tasks under this contract. This information is available for the Board of Directors to review upon request.


Project Estimate

It is estimated that the facility will use 7,000 tons of ferric chloride per year for this agreement. The yearly projection for this agreement is $2,754,500.00 (estimate of 7000 tons at $393.50/ton), totaling $13,772,500.00 for five years.  The expected start date of the first three-year term is May 28, 2018.   This agreement provides for two one-year renewal options available to GLWA.



Ferric Chloride is budgeted in the Sewer Operations Primary Treatment Cost Center under Operating Supplies - Chemicals (5960-892223.000-621600-SD9080).  The table below represents the financial plan for the next five years.


FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Ferric Chloride







The budget is based on an estimated annual 7,000 tons needed for primary treatment. This annual procurement of Ferric Chloride as presented is within the financial plan.



The previous agreement negotiated in 2014 by the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) was a two-year agreement with two one-year options with automatic price increases in the two option years.  GLWA negotiated maintaining the contracted price for the first renewal option.

Contract Year

Contract Price Per Ton

Negotiated Price Per Ton


















In this previous agreement, procurement negotiated the final price paid under the previous agreement to $367.00 and not $390.00 per ton, a 6% cost optimization.

By going with the lowest vendor, GLWA has an annual cost optimization of $311,500.00.  If we selected the higher price vendor, GLWA would pay $438.00 per ton, making the annual cost $3,066,000.00.

As this commodity is subject to market fluctuations, Procurement will monitor market prices quarterly and re-evaluate pricing based upon Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) Producer Price Index.



This matter was reviewed by the Operations and Resources Committee at its March 14, 2018 meeting.  The Operations and Resources Committee unanimously recommended that the GLWA Board adopt the resolution as presented.


This item does not impact the shared services agreement between GLWA and DWSD.