Procurement

DC Water has hundreds of contracts in place for construction, engineering, and goods and services. Our Capital Improvement Program addresses infrastructure repairs, modernization of facilities and processes for treating and transporting biosolids, and limiting sewer overflows.

Construction, architecture and engineering contracts range from several thousand to several hundred million dollars for projects related to maintenance, repair and upgrades to the plant as well as for projects involving sewage, stormwater, water storage and water distribution systems. The contracts range from design work to sewer cleaning and lining to eliminating dead-ends, repair and replacement of water mains, fire hydrants, valves, cleaning and lining sedimentation basins, treating and transporting biosolids, and various electrical projects.

DC Water has contracts for goods and services as well as purchase orders worth over two hundred million dollars.  These contracts range from various water and wastewater treatment chemicals, plant equipment and maintenance parts, industrial supplies and equipment, various types of pipes, all types of professional services (management, IT, legal, financial, etc.), media, fleet vehicles and parts, marine equipment, catering, facility services, IT hardware and software, telecommunication services, office supplies, security service, uniforms, and utility services.  The complete list of all types of goods and services purchased by DC Water is listed in the next section.

Get Started

If you are interested in doing business with DC Water, the Vendor Portal is your first stop. DC Water upgraded our vendor portal to the Zycus Supplier Network (ZSN). Even if your company is registered in the current vendor portal, you must register in ZSN.

ZSN will be the single point of doing business with DC Water. Only the companies who are registered in ZSN will be able to view and participate in new solicitations.

Procurement will continue to post all open solicitations in the old portal. New solicitations issued through ZSN will be posted on both portals (old and new) until all open solicitations have been issued using the new eProcurement software. At that time, the old portal will be de-activated.

Regardless of how recent your company registered, you must re-register in the ZSN. Your company’s current information in the old vendor portal will not be transferred.

Click on the “Guide to New Vendor Portal” to get started. Then click on the “New Vendor Portal (ZSN)” to start your registration process. In addition, DC Water has updated the category listings in ZSN. We encourage you to review your company's profile and update your category listing for all seven category selections.

Guide to New Vendor Portal

New Vendor Portal

Old Vendor Portal

Promoting Opportunities

DC Water employs every reasonable effort to ensure full and equitable opportunities for local, small, minority and women-owned business enterprises to participate as prime contractors, subcontractors, and joint venture partners in contracts awarded by DC Water. Utilizing such efforts to achieve this mission will promote the economy of the District of Columbia and the region served by DC Water.

For more information on DC Water's efforts to promote equitable opportunities in procurement, view the DC Water Business Development Plan.