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					                                         COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                        REQUEST FOR QUOTATION No. 900735


                                     SPECIFICATIONS, TERMS & CONDITIONS
                                                      for
                                        WATER TREATMENT CHEMICALS

                               NETWORKING/BIDDERS CONFERENCES
                                             at
                        10:00 a.m.                            2:00 p.m.
                           on                                    on
                      June 17, 2010                         June 18, 2010
                           at                                    at
                 General Services Agency                Zone 7 Water Agency
                   1401 Lakeside Drive               100 North Canyons Parkway
                  Room 1107, 11th Floor                     Board Room
                   Oakland, CA 94612                    Livermore, CA 94551


                For complete information regarding this project see RFQ posted at
 http://www.acgov.org/gsa_app/gsa/purchasing/bid_content/contractopportunities.jsp or contact the person
                            listed below. Thank you for your interest!

                                      Contact Person:              Jennifer Chan Ngo, Contracts Specialist II

                                      Phone Number:                (510) 208-9604

                                      E-mail Address:              jennifer.ngo@acgov.org


                                                      RESPONSE DUE
                                                              by
                                                          2:00 p.m.
                                                              on
                                                         July 9, 2010
                                                              at
                                                Alameda County, GSA-Purchasing
                                                 1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907
                                                     Oakland, CA 94612


                           1401 LAKESIDE DRIVE, SUITE 907, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612
                                  510 208 9600 FAX 510 208 9626 www.acgov.org/gsa

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                                              COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                       REQUEST FOR QUOTATION No. 900735
                                     SPECIFICATIONS, TERMS & CONDITIONS
                                                                          for
                                                     Water Treatment Chemicals

                                                        TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                             Page 1 of 2
                                                                                                                                                Page

I.     ACRONYM AND TERM GLOSSARY ....................................................................................... 4
II.    STATEMENT OF WORK
       A.  Intent ...................................................................................................................................... 6
       B.  Scope ...................................................................................................................................... 6
       C.  Vendor Qualifications ............................................................................................................ 6
       D.  Specific Requirements – General .......................................................................................... 7
       E.  Specific Requirements – Chemical ..................................................................................... 10
       F.  Debarment / Suspension ...................................................................................................... 22
       G.  General Environmental Requirements ................................................................................ 22
       H.  Deliverables / Reports.......................................................................................................... 23
III.   INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS
       I.  County Contacts ................................................................................................................... 24
       J.  Calendar of Events ............................................................................................................... 24
       K.  Networking / Bidders Conferences ..................................................................................... 25
       L.  Submittal of Bids ................................................................................................................. 26
       M.  Response Format.................................................................................................................. 28
       N.  Notice of Award................................................................................................................... 28
       O.  Bid Protest / Appeals Process .............................................................................................. 28
IV.    TERMS AND CONDITIONS
       P.  Term / Termination / Renewal............................................................................................. 30
       Q.  Quantities ............................................................................................................................. 30
       R.  Pricing .................................................................................................................................. 30
       S.  Award ................................................................................................................................... 31
       T.  Method of Ordering ............................................................................................................. 31
       U.  Invoicing .............................................................................................................................. 32
       V.  County Provisions ................................................................................................................ 32
       W.  Account Manager / Support Staff ........................................................................................ 34
       X.  General Requirements ......................................................................................................... 34
                         COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                      REQUEST FOR QUOTATION No. 900735
                    SPECIFICATIONS, TERMS & CONDITIONS
                                          for
                             Water Treatment Chemicals

                              TABLE OF CONTENTS
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ATTACHMENTS
        Exhibit A – Acknowledgement
        Exhibit B – Bid Form
        Exhibit C – Insurance Requirements
        Exhibit D1 – Current References
        Exhibit D2 – Former References
        Exhibit E – [Intentionally Omitted]
        Exhibit F – [Intentionally Omitted]
        Exhibit G – Request for Small and Local or Emerging Preference
        Exhibit H – First Source Agreement
        Exhibit I – Exceptions, Clarifications, Amendments
        Exhibit J – [Intentionally Omitted]
        Exhibit K – Environmental Certification
        Exhibit L – RFQ Vendor Bid List
        Exhibit M – Response/Content Submittal; Completeness Check List
        Exhibit N – Debarment and Suspension Certification
        .
                                                                 Specifications, Terms & Conditions
                                                                    for Water Treatment Chemicals

I.   ACRONYM AND TERM GLOSSARY
     Unless otherwise noted, the terms below may be upper or lower case. Acronyms will always be
     uppercase.

      %                       Shall mean percent
      °C                      Shall mean degrees Celsius
      <                       As used herein is a symbol meaning “less than”
      >                       As used herein is a symbol meaning “greater than”
      ANSI                    Shall mean American National Standards Institute
      ASTM                    Shall mean American Society for Testing Materials International
      AWWA                    Shall mean American Water Works Association
      Bid                     Shall mean the bidders‟/contractors‟ response to this Request
      Bidder                  Shall mean the specific person or entity responding to this RFQ
      Board                   Shall refer to the County of Alameda Board of Supervisors
      CFR                     Shall mean Code of Federal Regulations
      CIP                     Shall mean Clean-In-Place products which clean the feed/filter on
                              the scale inhibitor for water demineralization.
      Contractor              When capitalized, shall refer to selected bidder that is awarded a
                              contract
      County                  When capitalized, shall refer to the County of Alameda
      DVWTP                   Shall mean Del Valle Water Treatment Plant
      Environmentally         Products manufactured in a manner such that the impact on the
      Preferable Products     environment is minimized throughout the entire lifecycle of the
                              product by implementing sustainable practices during material
                              sourcing, manufacturing, transportation, and by providing products
                              that can be used and disposed of in an environmentally sound manner
      EPA                     Shall mean United States Environmental Protection Agency
      ESPA                    Shall mean Energy Saving Poly Amide
      Fe                      Shall mean iron
      Federal                 Refers to United States Federal Government, its departments and/or
                              agencies
      FIFRA                   Shall mean Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Agency
      F.O.B.                  Shall mean without charge for delivery to destination and placing on
                              board a carrier at a specified point (Free On Board)
      Hg                      Shall mean mercury
      IIPP                    Shall mean Injury and Illness Prevention Program
      Labor Code              Refers to California Labor Code
      lbs/gal                 Shall mean pounds per gallon
      mg                      Shall mean milligram
      mg/L                    Shall mean milligrams per liter
      mL                      Shall mean milliliter
      mm                      Shall mean millimeter
      MSDS                    As used herein shall refers to Material Safety Data Sheets


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NaCl                    Shall mean sodium chloride
NaClO3                  Shall mean sodium chlorate
Na2CO3                  Shall mean sodium carbonate
Na2O                    Shall mean sodium oxide
NaOH                    Shall mean liquid caustic acid
Na2SO4                  Shall mean sodium sulfate
Ni                      Shall mean nickel
NSF                     Shall mean National Sanitation Foundation
OSHA                    Refers to California Occupational Safety and Health Administrations
PBTs                    Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxins including compounds such as
                        dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, and mercury as defined by the
                        United States Environmental Protection Agency and listed on the
                        EPA‟s website at www.epa.gov/opptintr/pbt/
pH                      As used herein is a term indicating the hydrogen ion (positively
                        charged hydrogen atom) concentration of a solution, a measure of the
                        solution‟s acidity
ppm                     Shall mean part per million
PPWTP                   Shall mean Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant
PO                      Shall refer to Purchase Order(s)
Quotation               Shall mean bidder‟s response to this RFQ
Request for Quotation   Shall mean this document, which is the County of Alameda‟s request
                        for contractors‟/bidders‟ proposal to provide the goods and/or services
                        being solicited herein; also referred herein as RFQ
Response                Shall refer to bidder‟s quotation submitted in reply to RFQ
RFQ                     Request for Quotation
RO                      Shall mean reverse osmosis
SCADA                   Shall mean Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
SLEB                    Small Local Emerging Business
SOPs                    Shall mean standard operating procedures
Source Reduction        Refers to products that result in a net reduction in the generation of
                        waste compared to their previous or alternate version and includes
                        durable, reusable and remanufactured products; products with no, or
                        reduced, toxic constituents; and products marketed with no, or
                        reduced, packaging
State                   Refers to State of California, its departments and/or agencies
UL                      Shall refer to Underwriters Laboratories
USEPA                   Shall mean United States Environmental Protection Agency
WTP                     Shall mean water treatment plant
Zone 7                  Shall mean Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation
                        District




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II.   STATEMENT OF WORK

      A.   INTENT

           It is the intent of these specifications, terms and conditions to describe appropriate and
           compatible chemicals required by the Alameda County Flood Control and Water
           Conservation District (Zone 7) for use in the water purification process.

           The County intends to award a three-year contract (with option to renew) to the bidder(s)
           selected as the lowest responsible bidder(s) whose response meets the County‟s
           requirements.

      B.   SCOPE

           The Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (Zone 7) was
           created by area voters as one of ten (10) active water zones. It is a public agency
           established in 1949 to address water supply, drainage, and flood control matters in the
           County. A seven-member Board of Directors, elected at-large, governs Zone 7. The
           service area encompasses all of eastern Alameda County.

           Although the area‟s approximately 200,000 residents may not have direct contact with
           Zone 7, most of the water piped to their homes is treated and sold by Zone 7 to local
           retailers (the California Water Service Company, the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton
           and the Dublin San Ramon Services District). Zone 7 also distributes untreated water to
           local agriculture and golf courses who are active participants in the Water Quality
           Management Program.

      C.   VENDOR QUALIFICATIONS

           Vendor minimum qualification criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

           1.     Vendor will have been in the business of supplying water treatment chemicals to
                  agencies similar to Zone 7 for the past three (3) years.

           2.     Vendor will supply all means for the transportation of the requested chemicals to
                  the locations designated by Zone 7.

           3.     Vendor will have all required permits and licenses, if any, required for the
                  handling, sales and transportation of the requested chemicals.




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D.   SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – GENERAL

     Vendor will supply all chemicals in accordance with applicable American Water Works
     Association (AWWA) Standards. In accordance with Title 22, Chapter 18 of the
     California Code of Regulations, each supplier shall submit written documentation that
     their product has been tested, certified, and meets the requirements of the American
     National Standards Institute/ National Sanitation Foundation International 60 (ANSI/NSF
     International 60).

     1.    Acceptance/Rejection by Zone 7

           a.      Persistent clogging or quality problems may void any purchase agreement
                  that results from this RFQ.

           b.     Zone 7 reserves the right to subject samples of the chemical collected
                  during delivery (Section d. of the individual chemical) to analysis to ensure
                  the chemical delivered meets Zone 7 specifications. If, in the opinion of
                  Zone 7, there is a necessity to remove the chemical, it shall be the Vendor's
                  responsibility to remove all rejected chemicals within 24 hours of being
                  notified.

           c.     The Vendor will remove and replace any and all chemical contaminated by
                  a delivered load that fails to meet specifications without additional cost to
                  Zone 7, or the chemical shall be removed by Zone 7 and the cost for
                  removal and disposal shall be billed to the Vendor. Cost to clean the
                  chemical storage tank and disposal of the material will be the responsibility
                  of the Vendor. No charges will be made for delivered material that is
                  rejected.

           d.     Any lot, as tested by Zone 7, which fails to comply with Zone 7
                  specifications will constitute grounds for rejection of that lot. Multiple
                  rejections will constitute grounds for termination of the contract.

     2.    Delivery

           Specific delivery requirements for individual chemicals are described under
           Section E. Specific Requirements – Chemicals. All deliveries must comply with
           the following:

           a.     Weight Certificate: Prior to unloading, the Vendor will submit a weight
                  certificate from a certified weigh station to the operator receiving and
                  accepting delivery.

           b.     Zone 7 does not supply pressurized air for chemical deliveries.


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3.   Condition of Cargo Trailers

     a.    All cargo trailers and appurtenant valves used for the delivery of chemicals
           under this agreement shall be in good mechanical order and shall be in full
           compliance with the applicable requirements of the Hazardous Materials
           Regulations of the Department of Transportation, Code of Federal
           Regulations, as currently issued.

     b.    All appurtenant valves, pumps, and discharge hoses used for the delivery of
           chemicals shall be clean and free from contaminating material, including,
           but not limited to, defoaming agents. If off-loading equipment is not
           properly cleaned, this will constitute a reason for rejection of the load.

4.   Safety Requirements & Training

     a.    Truck drivers will have received appropriate training and shall wear
           appropriate personal protective equipment as required by the California
           Occupational Safety and Health Act when unloading chemicals.

     b.    The vendor will furnish a minimum of four copies to Zone 7 of the Material
           Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the product prior to initial delivery. An
           equal number of copies are required to be transmitted Zone 7, as soon as
           they are available if any changes, additions or deletions occur. Failure to
           comply may result in cancellation of this agreement.

     c.    Truck drivers must check in with the Plant Operator at each site, receive
           site orientation from the operator, and acknowledge having received such
           orientation before beginning the unloading operation.

     d.    Truck drivers shall have received appropriate training prior to making
           chemical deliveries to Zone 7. The Vendor shall provide an electronic
           record of training of its drivers to the County on an annual basis.

5.   Spillage: Zone 7 has a "zero leakage" policy for chemical transfer operations.

     a.    Vendor will provide equipment and training of truck drivers in an effort to
           minimize the potential for spillage during connection and disconnection of
           hoses, and during the transfer of chemical.

     b.    In the event of leakage or spillage, it will be the Vendor's responsibility to
           effect immediate containment, clean-up, disposal, and restoration activities
           in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and subject to Zone 7‟s
           satisfaction. All material associated with such clean-up operations such as
           spent absorbent will be removed by the Vendor.


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     c.    Vendor will be notified promptly of any spillage which, in the opinion of
           Zone 7, is inadequately cleaned up by Vendor personnel. Any spillage
           inadequately cleaned up within four hours of notification or, at the
           discretion of Zone 7, any spillage that requires immediate clean up
           exceeding the abilities/equipment of the driver will be cleaned up by Zone
           7. The Vendor will be responsible for reimbursing Zone 7 for the costs
           incurred, including fines or penalties which may be imposed by regulating
           authorities.

     d.    Zone 7's chemical delivery sites do not have facilities for washing down
           Vendor equipment. Hoses, valves, and other equipment used by the truck
           driver in delivering the chemical will not be washed at Zone 7 facilities.

6.   Information Required of Supplier: Vendor must submit with the bid to Zone 7, the
     following information:

     a.    Sales Office

           (1)    Address
           (2)    Telephone numbers(s)
           (3)    Normal business hours
           (4)    Contact person(s)

     b.    Ordering Information

           (1)    Telephone numbers(s) during business hours
           (2)    Telephone numbers(s) after business hours
           (3)    Normal business hours
           (4)    Contact person(s)

     c.    Chemical Emergency Assistance (24 hours/7 days a week)

           (1)    Telephone numbers(s)
           (2)    Contact person(s)

     d.    MSDS (4 each)

     e.    Current (at time of bid submittal) NSF and/or underwriters laboratories
           (UL) certification for the chemical plant of origin for the product.

     f.    The product technical specification data sheet.




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     7.   Zone 7 Contacts

          In the event a problem and/or question arise regarding this agreement, the Vendor
          will contact the appropriate Zone 7 Treatment and Distribution Supervisor at:

          a.     Distribution

                 (1)    Address: 5997 Parkside Drive, Pleasanton, Ca 94588
                 (2)    Phone Numbers: (925) 337-6726

          b.     Del Valle Water Treatment Plant (DVWTP).

                 (1)    Address: 607 East Vallecitos Road, Livermore, Ca 94550
                 (2)    Phone Number: (925) 447-6704 ext. 113 or 1

          c.     Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant (PPWTP)

                 (1)    Address: 8750 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore Ca 94550
                 (2)    Phone Number: (925) 447-6703 ext.209 or 1

          d.     Zone 7 Systems Superintendant

                 (1)    Phone Number: (925) 519-3109

     8.   Security

          Vendor will provide to the County, at a minimum, the driver‟s name and driver‟s
          license number prior to all deliveries. The truck driver will be required to provide
          photo identification and a bill of lading for the chemical being delivered before
          entering the plant site. Zone 7 has the right to search any vehicle or truck or any
          suspicious looking packages. Failure to provide the required information and/or to
          allow a search of vehicle or packages will preclude entry until security measures
          are satisfied.

          In addition, the certificate of analysis, bill of lading, and photo identification must
          be provided to the plant operator prior to off-load. There will be no charge to
          Zone 7 for any delay in offloading of chemical or refusal of shipment for security
          reasons.

E.   SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – CHEMICALS

     1.   Citric Acid (Aliphatic Acid)

          a.     Chemical Requirements


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     (1)    Liquid citric acid supplied will be tested and certified as meeting the
            specifications of the ANSI/NSF Standard 60 Drinking Water
            Treatment Chemicals - Health Effects. The NSF certification for the
            products bid must be current on the date of bid submittal.

     (2)    It is the responsibility of the vendor to inform Zone 7 (within 24
            hours, from the time of verbal or written notification) that NSF
            certification has been revoked or lapsed. Loss of NSF certification
            will constitute sufficient grounds for immediate termination of the
            contract.

b.   Chemical Quality

     (1)    Liquid citric acid will be within 45 - 50 percent by weight citric acid.

     (2)    Specific gravity of the solution will be 1.22 (+/- 1).

     (3)    Material will be homogenous liquid form.

     (4)    pH – 1.5 to 2.5

     (5)    Liquid citric acid will be free from contaminating substances which
            could interfere with normal operation of Zone 7 facilities by causing
            clogging or blockage of feed lines, valves, strainers, or measuring
            devices.

c.   Certificate of Analysis

     (1)    A certificate of analysis from a certified laboratory will be submitted
            for each liquid citric acid delivery to Zone 7. This report shall
            contain the following:

            (a)    Specific gravity
            (b)    pH
            (c)    Water-insoluble impurities
            (d)    Total impurities (soluble + insoluble)

            No deliveries will be accepted by Zone 7 unless accompanied by
            said certificate of analysis for the specific batch or lot of chemical
            delivered and the quality specifications listed in above section are
            met.




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           (2)    Charges for certificate of analysis from a certified laboratory will be
                  included in the bid price.

           (3)    Failure to supply the required certificate of analysis will be sufficient
                  cause to reject the load.

           (4)    A 200 milliliter (mL) sample of the delivered product will be
                  provided by the Vendor at the time of each delivery if requested by
                  Zone 7 either when the order is placed or at the time of delivery. In
                  order to ensure these samples are representative of the chemicals
                  being delivered, the samples shall be drawn from the delivery truck
                  at the time of delivery.

     d.    Delivery

           (1)    Vendor will make deliveries of liquid citric acid, upon request, in
                  single-unit cargo trailers. The Zone 7 Ultra Filtration Plant located
                  at 8750 Patterson Pass Rd., Livermore, CA 94550, generally
                  receives loads of 800 to 1000 gallons. The truck must be equipped
                  with 3” cam lock adaptors and hose for unloading.

           (2)    Vendor will make deliveries of liquid citric acid between the hours
                  of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If the Vendor,
                  for any reason, cannot make the delivery during the above stated
                  hours, the Vendor will notify Zone 7 and an alternate time may be
                  arranged at the discretion of Zone 7.

     e.    Placement of Orders

           Zone 7 will notify the Vendor a minimum of two weeks in advance of the
           requirements for each delivery. The Vendor will arrange for delivery
           during acceptable hours, as stated in the previous section. The operator
           placing the order will indicate where to deliver the product at the time the
           delivery is placed.

2.   Sodium Chloride

     a.    Chemical Requirements

           (1)    Sodium chloride will conform to the AWWA Standard for sodium
                  chloride, B200-07, current revision, except as modified or
                  supplemented herein.




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     (2)    Sodium chloride supplied will be tested and certified as meeting the
            specifications of the ANSI/NSF Standard 60 Drinking Water
            Treatment Chemicals - Health Effects. The NSF certification for the
            products bid must be current on the date of bid submittal.

     (3)    It is the responsibility of the Vendor to inform Zone 7 (within 24 hrs,
            from the time of verbal or written notification) that NSF certification
            has been revoked or lapsed. Loss of NSF certification will constitute
            sufficient grounds for immediate termination of the contract.

b.   Chemical Quality

     (1)    Sodium chloride will be free from dirt, fibers, lint, chips, trash, or
            any other foreign matter.

     (2)    Sodium chloride will be homogeneous and in a crystalline, granular,
            or compressed form.

     (3)    One hundred percent (100%) of the solar salt delivered shall pass a
            31-millimeter (mm) sieve and less than five percent (5%) shall pass
            a 0.15 mm sieve.

     (4)    Sodium chloride will have a ninety-eight percent (98%) minimum
            sodium chloride content by dry basis weight.

     (5)    A five percent (5%) solution in distilled water will have a pH value
            greater than five (5) and less than nine and five tenths (9.5).

     (6)    Solar salt moisture will not exceed three percent (3%) by weight.

     (7)    Total water soluble and insoluble impurities will be less than two
            percent (2%) by weight.

     (8)    Grease, fat or oil content will be less than one tenth of a percent
            (0.01%) by weight.

c.   Certificate of Analysis

     (1)    A certificate of analysis from a certified laboratory shall be
            submitted for each sodium chloride delivery to Zone 7. This report
            will contain the following:




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            (a)    Date of manufacture
            (b)    Date of delivery
            (c)    Shipper ID
            (d)    The percent of sodium chloride content by dry basis weight
            (e)    Water-soluble impurities (calcium and magnesium and
                   sulfate)
            (f)    Water-insoluble impurities
            (g)    Total impurities (soluble + insoluble)

     (2)    No deliveries will be accepted by Zone 7 unless accompanied by
            said certificate of analysis for the specific batch or lot of chemical
            delivered and the quality specifications listed in the above section
            are met.

     (3)    Charges for the certificate of analysis from a certified laboratory will
            be included in the bid price.

     (4)    Failure to supply the required certificate of analysis will be sufficient
            cause to reject a load. A certificate of analysis that does not meet
            AWWA Standard B200-07 shall be cause to reject the load.

d.   Delivery

     (1)    Vendor will make deliveries upon request in single-unit cargo
            trailers of approximately 15 to 25 tons weight basis at 8750
            Patterson Pass Rd., Livermore, CA 94550 and two to four tons at
            the Mocho Wellfield locations: Mocho 3 – 2703 Santa Rita Road,
            Pleasanton, CA 94588 and Mocho 4 – 5215 Stoneridge Drive,
            Pleasanton, CA 94588.

     (2)    Vendor will make deliveries between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00
            p.m., Monday through Friday. If the Vendor, for any reason, cannot
            make the delivery during the above stated hours, the Vendor will
            notify Zone 7 and an alternate time may be arranged at the discretion
            of Zone 7.

e.   Placement of Orders

     Zone 7 will notify the Vendor a minimum of four days in advance of the
     requirements for each delivery. The Vendor will then arrange for delivery
     during acceptable hours, as stated in the previous section. The operator
     placing the order will indicate where to deliver the product at the time the
     delivery is placed.



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3.   Liquid Caustic Soda Sodium Hydroxide (25/25 and 50/50)

     a.    Chemical Requirement

           (1)   Liquid caustic soda will conform to the current version of the
                 AWWA Standard for caustic Soda B501-08, and to the Water
                 Chemicals Codex, 1982; except, as modified or supplemented
                 herein.

           (2)   Liquid caustic soda supplied shall be tested and certified as meeting
                 the specifications of the ANSI/NSF Standard 60 Drinking Water
                 Treatment Chemicals - Health Effects. The NSF certification for the
                 products bid must be current on the date of bid submittal.

           (3)   It is the responsibility of the Vendor to inform Zone 7 (within 24
                 hours, from the time of verbal or written notification) that NSF
                 certification has been revoked or lapsed. Loss of NSF certification
                 will constitute sufficient grounds for immediate termination of the
                 contract.

           (4)   Billing weight (wt) is defined as delivery weight (net weight) x
                 percentage sodium oxide (Na2O) (from lab report)/76.

     b.    Chemical Quality

           (1)   Liquid caustic soda to be delivered in conformity with this RFQ will
                 be no less than:

                 (a)    50% liquid caustic soda (NaOH) to the Del Valle Water
                        Treatment Plant (DVWTP) at 601 E. Vallecitos Road,
                        Livermore California
                 (b)    50% to the Demin Treatment Plant at 5215 Stoneridge Drive,
                        Pleasanton, California)
                 (c)    25% or 50% based on request from treatment operator to the
                        8750 Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant (PPWTP) at
                        Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, California.
                 (d)    The liquid caustic soda shall contain no more than 5
                        milligrams per liter (mg/L) iron, no more than 2 mg/L
                        mercury and no more than 0.5 mg/L nickel.

           (2)   Liquid caustic soda will be free from contaminating substances
                 which could interfere with normal operation of Zone 7 facilities by
                 causing clogging or blockage of feed lines, valves, strainers, or
                 measuring devices.


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c.   Certificate of Analysis

     (1)    A certificate of analysis from a certified laboratory will be submitted
            for each liquid caustic soda delivery to Zone 7. This report shall
            contain the following:

                   Specification
            (a)    Date of delivery
            (b)    Shipper ID
            (c)    Assay Total Alkalinity       NaOH           %       49-52
            (d)    Assay Total Alkalinity       Na2O           %      38-40
            (e)    Percent of Sodium Sulfate    Na2SO4         %      0.05 Max
            (f)    Sodium Chloride              NaCl           %      1.1
            (g)    Iron                         Fe             ppm    5.0 max
            (h)    Mercury                      Hg             ppm    2.0
            (i)    Nickel                       Ni             ppm    0.05
            (j)    Sodium Carbonate             Na2Co3         %      0.30 Max
            (k)    Sodium Chlorate              NaClO3         %      0.30 Max
            (l)    Specific Gravity
            (m)    Density at 60°               lbs/gal

            No deliveries will be accepted by Zone 7 unless accompanied by
            said certificate of analysis for the specific batch or lot of chemical
            delivered and the quality specifications listed in the above section
            are met.

     (2)    Charges for certificate of analysis from a certified laboratory will be
            included in the bid price.

     (3)    Failure to supply the required certificate of analysis will be sufficient
            cause to reject the load. A certificate of analysis that does not meet
            AWWA Standard B501-03 shall be cause to reject the load.

     (4)    A one 200 mL sample of the delivered product will be provided by
            the Vendor, at the time of each delivery, if requested by Zone 7
            either when the order is placed or at the time of delivery. In order to
            ensure these samples are representative of the chemicals being
            delivered, the samples shall be drawn from the delivery truck at the
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     d.    Delivery

           (1)    The Vendor will make deliveries upon request in single-unit cargo
                  trailers of approximately 2,000 to 4,000 gallon capacity to 601 E.
                  Vallecitos Rd. and 8750 Patterson Pass Rd in Livermore, CA 94550
                  and 5215 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton CA. Zone 7 reserves the
                  right to request short loads (2,000 to 4,000 gallons) based on Zone 7
                  demands and storage tank capacities.

           (2)    In addition to the Patterson Pass Conventional Plant, the Zone 7
                  Ultra Filtration Plant located at 8750 Patterson Pass road generally
                  receives loads of 200 to 400 gallons. These deliveries can be
                  separate but usually will be made with a double connection when the
                  conventional plant on the same site receives a normal delivery of
                  2000 to 4000 gallons.

           (3)    The DVWTP facility may at times require a 3000 gallon load as well
                  as Saturday deliveries.

           (4)    The Vendor will make deliveries of liquid caustic soda between the
                  hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If the
                  Vendor for any reason cannot make the delivery during the above
                  stated hours, the Vendor shall notify Zone 7 and an alternate time
                  may be arranged at the discretion of Zone 7.

     e.    Placement of Orders

           Zone 7 will notify the Vendor a minimum of two to four days in advance of
           the requirements for each delivery. The Vendor will then arrange for
           delivery during acceptable hours, as stated in previous section. The
           operator placing the order will indicate where to deliver the product at the
           time the delivery is placed.

4.   Scale Inhibitor and Clean in Place Chemical

     a.    Scale Inhibitor Chemical Requirement

           (1)    Scale inhibitor must be NSF 60 certified for drinking water
                  applications.

           (2)    Chemical Strength

                  (a)    Specific gravity and dose of chemical will facilitate use of the
                         existing chemical metering pump, which can deliver between


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             0.08 to 0.36 gallons per hour while operating within the range
             of 20 to 90 percent speed.
      (b)    The use of concentrate is acceptable; however the batching of
             concentrate must be done off-site. The product delivered will
             be guaranteed to be of the concentration that corresponds with
             the recommended dosing rate. Make-up water used for
             dilution of concentrated scale inhibitor will be chlorine free
             and will not compromise the performance of the scale
             inhibitor or compromise the integrity of the reverse osmosis
             (RO) membranes.

(3)   It is the responsibility of the vendor to inform Zone 7 (within 24 hrs,
      from the time of verbal or written notification) that NSF certification
      has been revoked or lapsed. Loss of NSF certification will constitute
      sufficient grounds for immediate termination of the contract.

(4)   The scale inhibitor solution will retain full inhibition and dispersant
      properties for a period of one year from the date of delivery to the
      Mocho Groundwater Demineralization Plant. The scale inhibitor
      solution will not support biological growth in the solution during the
      period of one year from the date of delivery.

(5)   The scale inhibitor will control all scale, reactive silica, iron and
      aluminum without acidification of the RO feed water.

(6)   The scale inhibitor will consist of organic compounds which inhibit:

      (a)    The precipitation of sparingly soluble inorganic salts such as,
             but not limited to, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate,
             barium sulfate, strontium sulfate and silica.
      (b)    The deposition of colloidal materials such as, but not limited
             to clays and the hydroxides of metals such as aluminum, iron,
             and manganese.

(7)   The scale inhibitor, when used in the dose as recommended by the
      successful bidder and when the RO plant is operated at the specified
      recovery, will fully inhibit any sparingly soluble salts that are
      indicated by the specified feed water analysis.

      (a)    Assume recovery may vary by +/- 2% from stated condition.
      (b)    Design water quality may vary by +/- 20% from stated
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     (8)   Chemical Compatibility

           (a)   The scale inhibitor will be fully compatible with feed water
                 constituents such as aluminum, iron, and manganese. These
                 feed water constituents, if present, will not cause precipitation
                 of the scale inhibitor.
           (b)   The scale inhibitor will be fully compatible with thin film
                 composite polyamide membrane elements, specifically
                 Hydranautic‟s Energy Saving Poly Amide (ESPA) 2
                 membrane.

b.   Clean-in-Place (CIP) Chemical Requirements

     (1)   CIP chemicals must be NSF 60 certified for drinking water
           applications.

     (2)   CIP chemicals bid shall be a liquid, synergistic chemical blend
           having a minimum of the following components:

           (a)   For acidic cleaner - must have a pH buffer, a chelant, and
                 dispersant.
           (b)   For alkaline cleaner - must have a pH buffer, surfactant, and
                 dispersant.

     (3)   The use of the CIP chemical bid must not damage the membranes or
           compromise the membrane warranty.

c.   Warranty and Conditions

     (1)   The Vendor will warranty the scale inhibitor against damage to the
           membrane elements due to scale. Damage to the element is defined
           as any physical damage to the membrane surface which results in a
           loss of American Society for Testing Materials International (ASTM)
           normalized salt rejection or permeate flow and is non-recovered with
           cleaners and cleaning procedures recommended by the bidder.

     (2)   Membrane cleaning is required to be in accordance with the
           membrane supplier‟s conditions and the following conditions:

           (a)   ASTM D 4516 Normalized Permeate Flow declines by 10%
                 from the standard condition.
           (b)   ASTM D 4516 Normalized Salt Rejection declines by 10%
                 from the standard condition.
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      (d)   Normalized Differential Pressure increase by 15% from the
            standard condition.

(3)   When the RO system is operated at the recovery specified and with a
      feed water whose analysis falls within the ranges specified, should
      the use of:

      (a)   Scale inhibitor result in a sparingly-soluble inorganic
            precipitate that fouls the reverse osmosis membrane such that
            cleaning is required more than once per year, then the
            successful bidder shall clean or replace the membrane
            elements at no cost to Zone 7.
      (b)   CIP chemicals (used in accordance with the procedures
            recommended by the successful bidder) result in a loss (after
            cleaning mineral scale) of ASTM normalized permeate flow
            or salt rejection that exceeds 15% beyond typical and
            anticipated irrecoverable performance loss as specified by the
            membrane manufacture, the successful bidder shall replace
            membrane elements at no cost to Zone 7.

(4)   The scale inhibitor will be used in accordance with the published
      product selection guidelines and the site-specific dosage
      recommended by the Vendor based on the Vendor‟s dosing model.

(5)   This warranty will be in place for the chemical supply contract
      period.

(6)   All warranty claims must be accompanied by a sample of the
      affected membrane and system monitoring data. Required system
      monitoring data shall include:

      (a)   Verification of RO train operation in accordance with
            conditions specified by the standard conditions:

                  Train recovery data trends
                   o      Continuously monitored by Supervisory
                          Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).
                  Stage 1 flux data trends
                   o      Continuously monitored by SCADA.
                  Stage 2 flux data trends
                   o      Continuously monitored by SCADA.




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                           Feed water quality
                            o     Silt density index (post cartridge filters)
                                  monitored daily
                            o     Alkalinity, calcium hardness, total hardness,
                                  monitored daily
                            o     Turbidity (post cartridge filters), pH,
                                  temperature, continuously monitored by
                                  SCADA.
                            o     Calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium,
                                  barium, strontium, alkalinity, pH, temperature,
                                  sulfate, chloride, fluoride, aluminum,
                                  manganese, iron, once per year by laboratory.

               (b)   Verification of scale inhibitor dose in accordance with
                     conditions specified by successful bidder:

                           Flow from scale inhibitor system mass flow meter.
                            o     Continuously monitored by SCADA
                           Alarm conditions from scale inhibitor feed system.

               (c)   Verification of fouling conditions:

                           Stage 1 ASTM Normalized Permeate Flow.
                            o      Continuously monitored by SCADA.
                           Stage 1 ASTM Normalized Salt Rejection.
                            o      Continuously monitored by SCADA.
                           Stage 2 ASTM Normalized Permeate Flow.
                            o      Continuously monitored by SCADA.
                           Stage 2 ASTM Normalized Salt Rejection.
                            o      Continuously monitored by SCADA.

    d.   Delivery
.
         (1)   The Vendor will make deliveries of upon request in single-unit cargo
               trailers of approximately 3,000 to 5,000 gallon capacity to Mocho
               Groundwater Demineralization Plant, located at 5215 Stoneridge
               Drive, Pleasanton, California 94588.

         (2)   Vendor will make deliveries between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00
               p.m. Monday through Friday. If the Vendor for any reason cannot
               make the delivery during the above stated hours, the Vendor will
               notify Zone 7 and an alternate time may be arranged at the discretion
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             e.     Placement of Orders

                    Zone 7 will notify the Vendor a minimum of two to four days in advance of
                    the requirements for each delivery. The Vendor will then arrange for
                    delivery during acceptable hours. The operator placing the order will
                    indicate where to deliver the product at the time the delivery is placed.

F.   DEBARMENT / SUSPENSION POLICY

     In order to prohibit the procurement of any goods or services ultimately funded by
     Federal awards from debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded parties, each bidder will
     be screened at the time of RFQ response to ensure bidder, its principal and their named
     subcontractors are not debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded by the United States
     Government in compliance with the requirements of 7 (CFR) 3016.35, 28 CFR 66.35, 29
     CFR 97.35, 34 CFR 80.35, 45 CFR 92.35 and Executive Order 12549.

           The County will verify bidder, its principal and their named subcontractors are not
            on the Federal debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded list of vendors located
            at www.epls.gov; and
           Bidders are to complete a Debarment and Suspension Certification form, Exhibit
            N attached, certifying bidder, its principal and their named subcontractors are not
            debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded by the United States Government.

G.   GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS: The requirements outlined in this
     section apply to all product categories contained in this bid.

     1.      Regulatory Compliance:

             Manufacturers and service providers will be in compliance with all local, state,
             and federal environmental and worker health and safety regulations that apply to
             their operation.

     2.      Source Reduction and Packaging:

             The County has a strong commitment to source reduction, minimizing waste
             generation, and reducing the County‟s expenditure on waste disposal and
             recycling. Bidders shall provide bulk packaging, reusable, or minimal packaging
             in providing products to the County. Packaging will be both made from recycled
             materials and be recyclable. Contractors should explore and provide opportunities
             for the reuse of packaging materials. In the bid response, Bidders shall include a
             written summary of their planned efforts to minimize the amount of packaging and
             shipping materials and should describe the post-consumer recycled content of
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          Packaging shall not contain inks, dyes, pigments, stabilizers, or any other additives
          to which any lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium has been
          intentionally introduced. The sum of the concentration levels of lead, cadmium,
          mercury, and hexavalent chromium shall not exceed one hundred (100) parts per
          million by weight. Packaging is discussed further in the “Technical and
          Performance Specification” section.

     3.   Pallets and Large-Volume Packaging:

          Pallets and large-volume packaging materials will be taken back by the
          Contractors. The County encourages the use of pallets that meet the EPA‟s
          minimum post-consumer recycled content guidelines for pallets that can be found
          at http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/procure/products/pallets.htm. In the case
          of large-volume packaging, the County prefers that the vendor reuse or recycle the
          material.

     4.   Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins:

          In January 2002, the County passed a resolution “to encourage the reduction and
          where feasible, the elimination of [persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical]
          (PBT) emissions…” The United States Environmental Protection Agency has
          established a list of twelve priority PBTs including dioxins, polychlorinated
          biphenyls, mercury and its compounds, lead and others. The most current list can
          be found at the EPA‟s website at www.epa.gov/opptintr/pbt/. Additionally, PBTs
          are listed in the CCR in Section 66261.24.

          Contractors must provide products and services that allow the County to comply
          with the PBT Resolution and must complete the certification statement included in
          the Attachments. The Resolution requires that the County eliminate and reduce
          the procurement of products and services which contain or cause the generation
          and release of PBTs into the environment during their manufacture, use, or
          destruction/disposal. Bidders should provide products that do not contain, use, or
          generate PBTs. If no alternative materials are available, Bidders should notify the
          County in writing prior to providing such materials to the County or using these
          materials when providing services to the County.

H.   DELIVERABLES / REPORTS

     1.   The specific delivery requirements are stated, by product, under Section D.
          SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS – GENERAL and Section E. SPECIFIC
          REQUIREMENTS – CHEMICALS.

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            3.     The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and MSDS documentation shall
                   be made available by Contractor either as a hard copy or as a softcopy (email
                   acceptable) upon the request of Zone 7 within ten (10) days upon award of the
                   contract or notice to proceed.

            4.     Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for chemical deliveries, un-loading, and
                   spill response protocols are to be provided prior to product delivery.

III.   INSTRUCTIONS TO BIDDERS

       I.   COUNTY CONTACTS

            GSA-Purchasing is managing the competitive process for this project on behalf of the
            County. All contact during the competitive process is to be through the GSA-Purchasing
            Department only.

            The evaluation phase of the competitive process shall begin upon receipt of sealed bids
            until a contract has been awarded.

            All questions regarding these specifications, terms and conditions are to be submitted in
            writing, preferably via e-mail by 12:00 Noon on June 15, 2010 to:

                          Jennifer Chan Ngo, Contracts Specialist II
                          Alameda County, GSA-Purchasing
                          1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907
                          Oakland, CA 94612
                          E-Mail: jennifer.ngo@acgov.org
                          FAX: 510-208-9626

            The GSA Contracting Opportunities website will be the official notification posting place of
            all Requests for Interest, Proposals, Quotes and Addenda. Go to
            http://www.acgov.org/gsa_app/gsa/purchasing/bid_content/contractopportunities.jsp to
            view current contracting opportunities.

       J.   CALENDAR OF EVENTS

                      Event                                      Date/Location
             Request Issued              June 4, 2010
             Written Questions Due       by 12:00 Noon on June 15, 2010
                                                                      at:    General Services Agency
             Networking/Bidders          June 17, 2010 @ 10:00 a.m.          1401 Lakeside Drive
             Conference                                                      Room 1107, 11th Floor
                                                                             Oakland, CA 94612



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                                                                    at:   Zone 7 Water Agency
      Networking/Bidders           June 18, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m.              100 North Canyons Pkwy
      Conference                                                          Board Room
                                                                          Livermore, CA 94551
      Addendum Issued              June 24, 2010
      Response Due                 July 9, 2010 by 2:00 p.m.
      Evaluation Period            July 9 - 30, 2010
      Recommendation to
                                   July 28, 2010
      Award Letter Issued
      Recommendation to
                                   July 30, 2010
      Award Letter Approved
      Contract Start Date          September 1, 2010

     Note: Award and start dates are approximate.

     It is the responsibility of each bidder to be familiar with all of the specifications, terms and
     conditions and the site condition. By the submission of a Bid, the Bidder certifies that if
     awarded a contract they will make no claim against the County based upon ignorance of
     conditions or misunderstanding of the specifications.

K.   NETWORKING / BIDDERS CONFERENCES

     Networking/bidders conferences will be held to:
         Provide an opportunity for small and local and emerging businesses (SLEBs) and
          large firms to network and develop subcontracting relationships in order to
          participate in the contract(s) that may result from this RFQ.
         Provide an opportunity for bidders to ask specific questions about the project and
          request RFQ clarification.
         Provide the County with an opportunity to receive feedback regarding the project
          and RFQ.

     Written questions submitted prior to the networking/bidders conferences, in accordance
     with the Calendar of Events, and verbal questions received at the networking/bidders
     conferences, will be addressed whenever possible at the networking/bidders conferences.
     All questions will be addressed and the list of attendees will be included in an RFQ
     Addendum following the networking/bidders conferences in accordance with the Calendar
     of Events.

     Potential bidders are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend a networking/bidders
     conference in order to further facilitate subcontracting relationships. Vendors who attend a
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     Failure to participate in a networking/bidders conference will in no way relieve the
     Contractor from furnishing goods and/or services required in accordance with these
     specifications, terms and conditions. Attendance at a networking/bidders conference is
     strongly encouraged and recommended but is not mandatory.

     Networking/bidders conferences will be held on:

              June 17, 2010 @ 10:00 a.m.                      June 18, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m.
                          at                                              at
               General Services Agency                          Zone 7 Water Agency
                 1401 Lakeside Drive                         100 North Canyons Parkway
                Room 1107, 11th Floor                               Board Room
                 Oakland, CA 94612                              Livermore, CA 94551
      Additional Information: Please allow enough     Additional Information: Free parking available
      time for parking at metered street parking or   at on-site parking
      public parking lot and entry into secure
      building

L.   SUBMITTAL OF BIDS

     1.     All bids must be SEALED and must be received at the Office of the Purchasing
            Agent of Alameda County BY 2:00 p.m. on the due date specified in the Calendar
            of Events.

            NOTE: LATE AND/OR UNSEALED BIDS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. IF
            HAND DELIVERING BIDS PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR METERED
            STREET PARKING OR PARKING IN AREA PUBLIC PARKING LOTS AND
            ENTRY INTO SECURE BUILDING.

            Bids will be received only at the address shown below, and by the time indicated
            in the Calendar of Events. Any bid received after said time and/or date or at a
            place other than the stated address cannot be considered and will be returned to the
            bidder unopened.

            All bids, whether delivered by an employee of Bidder, U.S. Postal Service, courier
            or package delivery service, must be received and time stamped at the stated
            address prior to the time designated. The Purchasing Department's timestamp
            shall be considered the official timepiece for the purpose of establishing the actual
            receipt of bids.

     2.     Bids are to be addressed and delivered as follows:

            Water Treatment Chemicals
            RFQ No. 900735


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      Alameda County, GSA-Purchasing
      1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 907
      Oakland, CA 94612

3.    Bidders are to submit an original plus two (2) copies of bids, as well as an
      electronic copy in the form of a disk or thumb-drive. The electronic copy will be
      enclosed in with the sealed bid with the copies. Original proposal is to be clearly
      marked and must be either loose leaf or in a 3-ring binder, not bound.

4.    Bidder's name and return address must also appear on the mailing package.

5.    No telegraphic, email (electronic) or facsimile bids will be considered.

6.    Bidder agrees and acknowledges all RFQ specifications, terms and conditions and
      indicates ability to perform by submission of its bid.

7.    Submitted bids shall be valid for a minimum period of 180 days.

8.    All costs required for the preparation and submission of a bid shall be borne by
      Bidder.

9.    Only one bid response will be accepted from any one person, partnership,
      corporation, or other entity; however, several alternatives may be included in one
      response. For purposes of this requirement, “partnership” shall mean, and is
      limited to, a legal partnership formed under one or more of the provisions of the
      California or other state‟s Corporations Code or an equivalent statute.

10.   Proprietary or Confidential Information: No part of any bid response is to be
      marked as confidential or proprietary. County may refuse to consider any bid
      response or part thereof so marked. Bid responses submitted in response to this
      RFQ may be subject to public disclosure. County shall not be liable in any way
      for disclosure of any such records. Additionally, all bid responses shall become
      the property of County. County reserves the right to make use of any information
      or ideas contained in submitted bid responses. This provision is not intended to
      require the disclosure of records that are exempt from disclosure under the
      California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250, et seq.) or of
      “trade secrets” protected by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (Civil Code Section
      3426, et seq.).

11.   All other information regarding the bid responses will be held as confidential until
      such time as the County Selection Committee has completed their evaluation and,
      or if, an award has been made. Bidders will receive mailed award/non-award
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           project. In addition, award information will be posted on the County‟s
           “Contracting Opportunities” website, mentioned above.

     12.   Each bid received, with the name of the bidder, shall be entered on a record, and
           each record with the successful bid indicated thereon shall, after the award of the
           order or contract, be open to public inspection.

M.   RESPONSE FORMAT

     1.    Bid responses are to be straightforward, clear, concise and specific to the
           information requested.

     2.    In order for bids to be considered complete, Bidder must provide all information
           requested. See Exhibit M, Response Content and Submittals, Completeness
           Checklist.

N.   NOTICE OF AWARD

     1.    At the conclusion of the RFQ response evaluation process (“Evaluation Process”),
           all bidders will be notified in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, of
           the contract award recommendation, if any, by GSA – Purchasing. The document
           providing this notification is the Notice of Award.

           The Notice of Award will provide the following information:

                 The name of the bidder being recommended for contract award;
                 The names of all other bidders; and,
                 In summary form [Bid Evaluation Costs]

     2.    At the conclusion of the RFQ process, debriefings for unsuccessful bidders will be
           scheduled and provided upon written request and will be restricted to discussion of
           the unsuccessful offeror’s bid with the Buyer.

           a.      Under no circumstances will any discussion be conducted with regard to
                   contract negotiations with the successful bidder, etc.

           b.      Debriefing may include review of successful bidder’s proposal.

O.   BID PROTEST / APPEALS PROCESS

     GSA-Purchasing prides itself on the establishment of fair and competitive contracting
     procedures and the commitment made to following those procedures. The following is
     provided in the event that bidders wish to protest the bid process or appeal the
     recommendation to award a contract for this project.


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1.   Any bid protest must be submitted in writing to the Deputy Director of GSA, 1401
     Lakeside Drive, Suite 907, Oakland, CA 94612. The bid protest must be
     submitted before 5:00 p.m. of the tenth (10th) business day following the date of
     the Notice of Award.

     a.    The bid protest must contain a complete statement of the basis for the
           protest.

     b.    The protest must include the name, address and telephone number of the
           person representing the protesting party.

     c.    The party filing the protest must concurrently transmit a copy of the protest
           and any attached documentation to all other parties with a direct financial
           interest which may be adversely affected by the outcome of the protest.

     d.    The procedure and time limits are mandatory and are the Bidder’s sole and
           exclusive remedy in the event of Bid Protest.

2.   Bidder‟s failure to comply with these procedures shall constitute a waiver of any
     right to further pursue the Bid Protest, including filing a Government Code claim
     or legal proceedings.

3.   Upon receipt of written protest/appeal, GSA, Deputy Director will review and
     provide an opportunity to settle the protest/appeal by mutual agreement, will
     schedule a meeting to discuss or issue a written response to advise an
     appeal/protest decision within five working days of review date.

     a.    Responses will be issued and/or discussed at least five days prior to an
           award being made.

     b.    Responses will inform the bidder whether or not the recommendation for
           Award is going to change.

4.   The decision of the Deputy Director, GSA may be appealed to the Auditor-
     Controller‟s Office of Contract Compliance (OCC) located at 1221 Oak Street,
     Room 249, Oakland, CA 94612, Fax: (510) 272-6502. All appeals to the Auditor-
     Controller‟s OCC shall be in writing and submitted within five (5) calendar days
     of notification of decision by the Deputy Director, GSA-Purchasing.

5.   The decision of the Auditor-Controller‟s OCC is the final step of the appeal
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IV.   TERMS AND CONDITIONS

      P.   TERM / TERMINATION / RENEWAL

           1.     The term of the contract, which may be awarded pursuant to this RFQ, will be three
                  years.

           2.     By mutual agreement, any contract which may be awarded pursuant to this RFQ,
                  may be extended for two additional one year terms at agreed prices with all other
                  terms and conditions remaining the same.

      Q.   QUANTITIES

           Quantities listed herein are annual estimates based on past usage and are not to be construed
           as a commitment. No minimum or maximum is guaranteed or implied.

      R.   PRICING

           1.     All pricing as quoted will remain firm for the term of any contract that may be
                  awarded as a result of this RFQ.

           2.     Unless otherwise stated, Bidder agrees that, in the event of a price decline, the
                  benefit of such lower price shall be extended to the County.

           3.     All prices are to be F.O.B. destination. Any freight/delivery charges are to be
                  included.

           4.     Any price increases or decreases for subsequent contract terms may be negotiated
                  between Contractor and County only after completion of the initial term.

           5.     The price(s) quoted shall be the total cost the County will pay for this project
                  including taxes and all other charges.

           6.     All prices quoted shall be in United States dollars and "whole cent," no cent
                  fractions shall be used. There are no exceptions.

           7.     Price quotes shall include any and all payment incentives available to the County.

           8.     Bidders are advised that in the evaluation of cost, if applicable, it will be assumed
                  that the unit price quoted is correct in the case of a discrepancy between the unit
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     9.    Federal and State minimum wage laws apply. The County has no requirements for
           living wages. The County is not imposing any additional requirements regarding
           wages.

     10.   Prevailing Wages: Pursuant to Labor Code Sections 1770 et seq., Contractor shall
           pay to persons performing labor in and about Work provided for in Contract not
           less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for work of a similar
           character in the locality in which the Work is performed, and not less than the
           general prevailing rate of per diem wages for legal holiday and overtime work in
           said locality, which per diem wages shall not be less than the stipulated rates
           contained in a schedule thereof which has been ascertained and determined by the
           Director of the State Department of Industrial Relations to be the general
           prevailing rate of per diem wages for each craft or type of workman or mechanic
           needed to execute this contract.

S.   AWARD

     1.    The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder who meets the requirements
           of these specifications, terms and conditions.

     2.    Awards may also be made to the subsequent lowest responsible bidders who will be
           considered the Back-up Contractors and who will be called in ascending order of
           amount of their quotation.

     3.    The County reserves the right to reject any or all responses that materially differ
           from any terms contained herein or from any Exhibits attached hereto and to waive
           informalities and minor irregularities in responses received.

     4.    The County reserves the right to award to a single or multiple contractors.

     5.    The County has the right to decline to award this contract or any part thereof for
           any reason.

     6.    Final Standard Agreement terms and conditions will be negotiated with the selected
           bidder.

     7.    The RFQ specifications, terms, conditions and Exhibits, RFQ Addenda and Bidder‟s
           proposal, may be incorporated into and made a part of any contract that may be
           awarded as a result of this RFQ.

T.   METHOD OF ORDERING

     1.    A written PO and signed Standard Agreement contract will be issued upon Board
           approval.


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     2.   POs and Standard Agreements will be faxed, transmitted electronically or mailed
          and shall be the only authorization for the Contractor to place an order.

     3.   POs and payments for products and/or services will be issued only in the name of
          Contractor.

     4.   Contractor shall adapt to changes to the method of ordering procedures as required
          by the County during the term of the contract.

     5.   Change orders shall be agreed upon by Contractor and County and issued as
          needed in writing by County.

U.   INVOICING

     1.   Contractor shall invoice the requesting department, unless otherwise advised, upon
          satisfactory receipt of product and/or performance of services.

     2.   Payment will be made within thirty (30) days following receipt of invoice and
          upon complete satisfactory receipt of product and performance of services.

     3.   County shall notify Contractor of any adjustments required to invoice.

     4.   Invoices shall contain County PO number, invoice number, remit to address and
          itemized products and/or services description and price as quoted and shall be
          accompanied by acceptable proof of delivery.

     5.   Contractor shall utilize standardized invoice upon request.

     6.   Invoices shall only be issued by the Contractor who is awarded a contract.

     7.   Payments will be issued to and invoices must be received from the same Contractor
          whose name is specified on the POs.

V.   COUNTY PROVISIONS

     1.   Preference for Local Products and Vendors: A five percent (5%) preference shall be
          granted to Alameda County products or Alameda County vendors on all sealed bids
          on contracts except with respect to those contracts which state law requires be
          granted to the lowest responsible bidder. An Alameda County vendor is a firm or
          dealer with fixed offices and having a street address within the County for at least six
          (6) months prior to the issue date of this RFQ; and which holds a valid business
          license issued by the County or a city within the County. Alameda County products
          are those which are grown, mined, fabricated, manufactured, processed or produced


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     within the County. Locality must be maintained for the term of the contract.
     Evidence of locality shall be provided immediately upon request and at any time
     during the term of any contract that may be awarded to Contractor pursuant to this
     RFQ.

2.   First Source Program: The First Source Program has been developed to create a
     public/private partnership that links CalWORKs job seekers, unemployed and
     under employed County residents to sustainable employment through the County‟s
     relationships/connections with business, including contracts that have been
     awarded through the competitive process, and economic development activity in
     the County. Welfare reform policies and the new Workforce Investment Act
     require that the County do a better job of connecting historically disconnected
     potential workers to employers. The First Source program will allow the County
     to create and sustain these connections.

     Vendors awarded contracts for goods and services in excess of One Hundred
     Thousand Dollars ($100,000) as a result of any subsequently issued RFQ are to
     allow Alameda County ten (10) working days to refer potential candidates to
     vendor to be considered by Vendor to fill any new or vacant positions that are
     necessary to fulfill their contractual obligations to the County, that Vendor has
     available during the life of the contract before advertising to the general public.
     Potential candidates referred by County to Vendor will be pre-screened, qualified
     applicants based on vendor specifications. Vendor agrees to use its best efforts to
     fill its employment vacancies with candidates referred by County, but the final
     decision of whether or not to offer employment, and the terms and conditions
     thereof, rest solely within the discretion of the Vendor.

     Bidders are required to complete, sign and submit in their bid response, the First
     Source Agreement that has been attached hereto as Exhibit H, whereby they agree
     to notify the First Source Program of job openings prior to advertising elsewhere
     (ten day window) in the event that they are awarded a contract as a result of this
     RFQ. Exhibit H will be completed and signed by County upon contract award and
     made a part of the final contract document.

     If compliance with the First Source Program will interfere with Contractor‟s pre-
     existing labor agreements, recruiting practices, or will otherwise obstruct the
     Contractor‟s ability to carry out the terms of the contract, the Contractor will
     provide to the County a written justification of non-compliance.

     If additional information is needed regarding this requirement, please contact the
     Auditor-Controller‟s Office of Contract Compliance (OCC) located at 1221 Oak
     Street, Room 249, Oakland, CA 94612 at Tel: (510) 891-5500, Fax: (510) 272-
     6502 or via E-mail at ACSLEBcompliance@acgov.org.



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     3.   Environmentally Friendly Packaging: Alameda County is an environmentally
          responsible employer and seeks all practical opportunities for waste reduction and
          recycling. The County, therefore, encourages its contractors to reduce waste
          volume and toxicity by using environmentally friendly packaging material
          whenever possible. Options may include backhauling product packaging to the
          supplier for reuse or recycling, shipping in bulk or reduced packaging, using soy
          bean-based inks for packaging printing, using recycled product packaging or using
          recyclable or reusable packaging material. The County encourages all bidders and
          contractors for goods and services to adhere to these principles where practicable.

     4.   Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS‟s): MSDS's for all hazardous substances
          must be included with each shipment.

W.   ACCOUNT MANAGER / SUPPORT STAFF

     1.   Contractor shall provide a dedicated competent account manager who shall be
          responsible for the County account/contract. The account manager shall receive all
          orders from the County and shall be the primary contact for all issues regarding
          Bidder‟s response to this RFQ and any contract which may arise pursuant to this
          RFQ.

     2.   Contractor shall also provide adequate, competent support staff that shall be able to
          service the County during normal working hours, Monday through Friday. Such
          representative(s) shall be knowledgeable about the contract, products offered and
          able to identify and resolve quickly any issues including but not limited to order and
          invoicing problems.

     3.   Contractor account manager shall be familiar with County requirements and
          standards and work with the Zone 7 to ensure that established standards are adhered
          to.

     4.   Contractor account manager shall keep the County Specialist informed of requests
          from departments as required.

X.   GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

     1.   Proper conduct is expected of Contractor‟s personnel when on County premises.
          This includes adhering to no-smoking ordinances, the drug-free work place policy,
          not using alcoholic beverages and treating employees courteously.

     2.   County has the right to request removal of any Contractor employee or subcontractor
          who does not properly conduct himself/herself/itself or perform quality work.




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3.   Contractor personnel shall be easily identifiable as non-County employees (i.e., work
     uniforms, badges, etc.).




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                                     COUNTY OF ALAMEDA EXHIBIT A – BID ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

                                                                  RFQ No. 900735
                                                                         for
                                                              Water Treatment Chemicals

The County of Alameda is soliciting bids from qualified vendors to furnish its requirements per the specifications, terms and conditions contained in the
above referenced RFQ number. This Bid Acknowledgement must be completed, signed by a responsible officer or employee, dated and submitted with the
bid response. Obligations assumed by such signature must be fulfilled.
1. Preparation of bids: (a) All prices and notations must be printed in ink or typewritten. No erasures permitted. Errors may be crossed out and
      corrections printed in ink or typewritten adjacent and must be initialed in ink by person signing bid. (b) Quote price as specified in RFQ. No
      alterations or changes or any kind shall be permitted to Exhibit B, Bid Form. Responses that do not comply shall be subject to rejection in total.
2. Failure to bid: If you are not submitting a bid but want to remain on the mailing list and receive future bids, complete, sign and return this Bid
      Acknowledgement and state the reason you are not bidding.
3. Taxes and freight charges: (a) Unless otherwise required and specified in the RFQ, the prices quoted herein do not include Sales, Use or other
      taxes. (b) No charge for delivery, drayage, express, parcel post packing, cartage, insurance, license fees, permits, costs of bonds, or for any
      other purpose, except taxes legally payable by County, will be paid by the County unless expressly included and itemized in the bid. (c)
      Amount paid for transportation of property to the County of Alameda is exempt from Federal Transportation Tax. An exemption certificate is
      not required where the shipping papers show the consignee as Alameda County, as such papers may be accepted by the carrier as proof of the
      exempt character of the shipment. (d) Articles sold to the County of Alameda are exempt from certain Federal excise taxes. The County will
      furnish an exemption certificate.
4. Award: (a) Unless otherwise specified by the bidder or the RFQ gives notice of an all-or-none award, the County may accept any item or group
      of items of any bid. (b) Bids are subject to acceptance at any time within one hundred eighty (180) days of opening, unless otherwise specified
      in the RFQ. (c) A valid, written purchase order mailed, or otherwise furnished, to the successful bidder within the time for acceptance specified
      results in a binding contract without further action by either party. The contract shall be interpreted, construed and given effect in all respects
      according to the laws of the State of California.
5. Patent indemnity: Vendors who do business with the County shall hold the County of Alameda, its officers, agents and employees, harmless
      from liability of an nature or kind, including cost and expenses, for infringement or use of any patent, copyright or other proprietary right, secret
      process, patented or unpatented invention, article or appliance furnished or used in connection with the contract or purchase order.
6. Samples: Samples of items, when required, shall be furnished free of expense to the County and if not destroyed by test may upon request
      (made when the sample is furnished), be returned at the bidder‟s expense.
7. Rights and remedies of County for default: (a) In the event any item furnished by vendor in the performance of the contract or purchase
      order should fail to conform to the specifications therefore or to the sample submitted by vendor with its bid, the County may reject the same,
      and it shall thereupon become the duty of vendor to reclaim and remove the same forthwith, without expense to the County, and immediately to
      replace all such rejected items with others conforming to such specifications or samples; provided that should vendor fail, neglect or refuse so to
      do the County shall thereupon have the right purchase in the open market, in lieu thereof, a corresponding quantity of any such items and to
      deduct from any moneys due or that may there after come due to vendor the difference between the prices named in the contract or purchase
      order and the actual cost thereof to the County. In the event that vendor fails to make prompt delivery as specified for any item, the same
      conditions as to the rights of the County to purchase in the open market and to reimbursement set forth above shall apply, except when delivery
      is delayed by fire, strike, freight embargo, or Act of God or the government. (b)Cost of inspection or deliveries or offers for delivery, which do
      not meet specifications, will be borne by the vendor. (c) The rights and remedies of the County provided above shall not be exclusive and are
      in addition to any other rights and remedies provided by law or under the contract.
8. Discounts: (a) Terms of less than ten (10) days for cash discount will considered as net. (b) In connection with any discount offered, time will
      be computed from date of complete, satisfactory delivery of the supplies, equipment or services specified in the RFQ, or from date correct
      invoices are received by the County at the billing address specified, if the latter date is later than the date of delivery. Payment is deemed to be
      made, for the purpose of earning the discount, on the date of mailing the County warrant check.
9. California Government Code Section 4552: In submitting a bid to a public purchasing body, the bidder offers and agrees that if the bid is
      accepted, it will assign to the purchasing body all rights, title, and interest in and to all causes of action it may have under Section 4 of the
      Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. Sec. 15) or under the Cartwright Act (Chapter 2, commencing with Section 16700, of Part 2 of Division 7 of the
      Business and Professions Code), arising from purchases of goods, materials, or services by the bidder for sale to the purchasing body pursuant to
      the bid. Such assignment shall be made and become effective at the time the purchasing body tenders final payment to the bidder.
10. No guarantee or warranty: The County of Alameda makes no guarantee or warranty as to the condition, completeness or safety of any
      material or equipment that may be traded in on this order.

     THE undersigned acknowledges receipt of above referenced RFQ and/or Addenda and offers and agrees to furnish the articles and/or services
     specified on behalf of the vendor indicated below, in accordance with the specifications, terms and conditions of this RFQ and Bid
     Acknowledgement.

             Firm:
             Address:
             State/Zip
             What advertising source(s) made you aware of this RFQ?


          By:_______________ ________________________________________________ Date____________ Phone_____________________


          Printed Name Signed Above:_______________________________________________________________________________________


          Title:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                         EXHIBIT B
                                                                            COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                                                                    RFQ No. 900735
                                                                                          for
                                                                               Water Treatment Chemicals
                                                                                          BID FORM
Cost shall be submitted on Exhibit B as is. No alterations or changes of any kind are permitted. Bid responses that do not comply will be subject to rejection in total. Quantities listed herein are
annual estimates based on past usage and are not to be construed as a commitment. No minimum or maximum is guaranteed or implied. Prices quoted shall include freight and all other costs, or
credits, associated with the procurement and delivery to the County of Bidder‟s goods excluding sales/use tax.
                                                                 A.                YEAR 1                         YEAR 2                         YEAR 3
                                      UNIT OF                                  B1.       C1.                  B2.      C2.                   B3.       C3.     GRAND
                                                             EST.
      DESCRIPTION                     MEASURE                                         Extended                      Extended                        Extended   TOTAL
                                                           YEARLY              Unit                           Unit                           Unit
                                                                                        Cost                          Cost                            Cost   (C1+C2+C3)
                                                            USAGE              Cost                           Cost                           Cost
                                                                                       (A*B1)                        (A*B2)                          (A*B3)
 Citric Acid
                                     GAL.                 3,200
 (45% NSF Approved)
 Liquid Caustic Soda
                                     LB.                  1,226
 Hydroxide (50/50)
 Liquid Caustic Soda
                                     LB.                  260,000
 Hydroxide (25/25)
 Scale Inhibitor                     LB.                  104,000
 Sodium Chloride (salt)
                                     TON                  10.5
 99.9 (bagged)
 Sodium Chloride, (salt)
                                     TON                  222
  99.9 (bulk)
                TOTAL ANNUAL COST ALL ITEMS

                                        SALES TAX (9.725%)

                                                GRAND TOTAL

Bidder agrees that the price(s) quoted are the maximum they will charge during the term of any contract awarded.
FIRM: ____________________________SIGNATURE:________________DATE:_______


PRINTED NAME: _____________________TITLE:________________________________
                                                                                EXHIBIT B-1
                                                                            COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                                                                    RFQ No. 900735
                                                                                          for
                                                                               Water Treatment Chemicals


                                                                                   Informational Costs

                                                                            UNIT OF                  YEAR 1                     YEAR 2                       YEAR 3
                                    DESCRIPTION
                                                                            MEASURE
                                                                                                    Unit Cost                   Unit Cost                   Unit Cost

                     Clean in Place (CIP)                                   EACH

                     Deposit Charge for One Ton Container                   EACH

                     Container Lost Charge                                  EACH

                     Demurrage Charge                                       EACH


                                        CATALOG % Discount. If not applicable, please check this box                                                   __________%

   *These prices will not be considered as part of the bid evaluation cost. Vendor will be expected to provide these items at the stated costs during the term of any contract that is awarded as a
   result of this RFQ




Bidder agrees that the price(s) quoted are the maximum they will charge during the term of any contract awarded.

FIRM: ____________________________SIGNATURE:________________DATE:_______


PRINTED NAME: _____________________TITLE:________________________________
                                                                     EXHIBIT C

                                   COUNTY OF ALAMEDA MINIMUM INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
Without limiting any other obligation or liability under this Agreement, the Contractor, at its sole cost and expense, shall secure and keep in force
during the entire term of the Agreement or longer, as may be specified below, the following insurance coverage, limits and endorsements:
                        TYPE OF INSURANCE COVERAGES                                                          MINIMUM LIMITS
 A       Commercial General Liability                                                    $1,000,000 per occurrence (CSL)
         Premises Liability; Products and Completed Operations; Contractual              Bodily Injury and Property Damage
         Liability; Personal Injury and Advertising Liability
 B       Commercial or Business Automobile Liability (with pollution liability           $1,000,000 per occurrence (CSL)
         coverage)                                                                       Any Auto
         All owned vehicles, hired or leased vehicles, non-owned, borrowed and           Bodily Injury and Property Damage
         permissive uses. Personal Automobile Liability is acceptable for
         individual contractors with no transportation or hauling related activities
 C       Workers’ Compensation (WC) and Employers Liability (EL)                         WC: Statutory Limits
         Required for all contractors with employees                                     EL: $100,000 per accident for bodily injury or disease
 D       Pollution and Environmental Liability                                           $1,000,000 per occurrence
 E       Endorsements and Conditions:
         1. ADDITIONAL INSURED: General Liability, Automobile Liability and Pollution and Environmental Liability Insurance Policies
            shall be endorsed to name as additional insured: County of Alameda, its Board of Supervisors, the individual members thereof,
            and all County officers, agents, employees and volunteers.
         2. DURATION OF COVERAGE: All required insurance shall be maintained during the entire term of the Agreement with the
            following exception: Insurance policies and coverage(s) written on a claims-made basis shall be maintained during the entire
            term of the Agreement and until 3 years following termination and acceptance of all work provided under the Agreement, with
            the retroactive date of said insurance (as may be applicable) concurrent with the commencement of activities pursuant to this
            Agreement.
         3. REDUCTION OR LIMIT OF OBLIGATION: All insurance policies shall be primary insurance to any insurance available to the
            Indemnified Parties and Additional Insured(s). Pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, insurance effected or procured by
            the Contractor shall not reduce or limit Contractor’s contractual obligation to indemnify and defend the Indemnified Parties.
         4. INSURER FINANCIAL RATING: Insurance shall be maintained through an insurer with a A.M. Best Rating of no less than A:VII
            or equivalent, shall be admitted to the State of California unless otherwise waived by Risk Management, and with deductible
            amounts acceptable to the County. Acceptance of Contractor’s insurance by County shall not relieve or decrease the liability of
            Contractor hereunder. Any deductible or self-insured retention amount or other similar obligation under the policies shall be the
            sole responsibility of the Contractor.
         5. SUBCONTRACTORS: Contractor shall include all subcontractors as an insured (covered party) under its policies or shall
            furnish separate certificates and endorsements for each subcontractor. All coverages for subcontractors shall be subject to all of
            the requirements stated herein.
         6. JOINT VENTURES: If Contractor is an association, partnership or other joint business venture, required insurance shall be
            provided by any one of the following methods:
            – Separate insurance policies issued for each individual entity, with each entity included as a “Named Insured (covered party),
                 or at minimum named as an “Additional Insured” on the other’s policies.
            – Joint insurance program with the association, partnership or other joint business venture included as a “Named Insured.
         7. CANCELLATION OF INSURANCE: All required insurance shall be endorsed to provide thirty (30) days advance written notice
            to the County of cancellation.
         8. CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE: Before commencing operations under this Agreement, Contractor shall provide Certificate(s)
            of Insurance and applicable insurance endorsements, in form and satisfactory to County, evidencing that all required insurance
            coverage is in effect. The County reserves the rights to require the Contractor to provide complete, certified copies of all
            required insurance policies. The require certificate(s) and endorsements must be sent to:
                 - Department/Agency issuing the contract
                 - With a copy to Risk Management Unit (125 – 12th Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94607)
Certificate C-8                                                         Page 1 of 1                                        Form 2001-1 (Rev. 03/15/06)
                               EXHIBIT D-1

                         COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                RFQ No. 900735
                                      for
                           Water Treatment Chemicals
                            CURRENT REFERENCES

Company Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Contact Person:
Telephone Number:
E Mail:
Service Provided:
Dates/Type of Service:

Company Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Contact Person:
Telephone Number:
E Mail:
Service Provided:
Dates/Type of Service:

Company Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Contact Person:
Telephone Number:
E Mail:
Service Provided:
Dates/Type of Service:



Company Name:




                                     Exhibit D
                                    Page 1 of 2
                               EXHIBIT D-2

                         COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                RFQ No. 900735
                                      for
                           Water Treatment Chemicals

                            FORMER REFERENCES

Company Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Contact Person:
Telephone Number:
E Mail:
Service Provided:
Dates/Type of Service:

Company Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Contact Person:
Telephone Number:
E Mail:
Service Provided:
Dates/Type of Service:

Company Name:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
Contact Person:
Telephone Number:
E Mail:
Service Provided:
Dates/Type of Service:



Company Name:




                                     Exhibit D
                                    Page 2 of 2
       EXHIBIT E

COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
       RFQ No. 900735
             for
  Water Treatment Chemicals



  Intentionally Omitted
       EXHIBIT F

COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
       RFQ No. 900735
             for
  Water Treatment Chemicals



  Intentionally Omitted
                                                        EXHIBIT G

                                        COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                                    RFQ No. 900735
                                                          for
                                               Water Treatment Chemicals

                                     REQUEST FOR BID PREFERENCE
PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THIS FORM CAREFULLY:

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST THE LOCAL BUSINESS, SMALL AND LOCAL BUSINESS, OR
EMERGING AND LOCAL BUSINESS BID PREFERENCE, COMPLETE THIS FORM AND RETURN IT WITH YOUR
RFQ SUBMITTAL. IN ADDITION, IF APPLYING FOR A LOCAL BID PREFERENCE, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
          Copy of a verifiable business license, issued by the County of Alameda or a City within the County; and
          Proof of six (6) months business residency, identifying the name of the vendor and the local address. Utility
           bills, deed of trusts or lease agreements, etc., are acceptable verification documents to prove residency.
Subject to the requirements of the SLEB program and the criteria of each procurement process, the maximum bid
evaluation preference points for being certified is 10% (5% local & 5% certified). Compliance with the SLEB
program is required for architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, environmental, land surveying, and
construction project management services projects, but no preference points are applied.

Check the appropriate boxes below (2 maximum) and provide the requested information.

                                          Request for 5% LOCAL Bid Preference
                                         (Complete 1-4, print name, title, sign and date below)
          1. Company Name

          2. Street Address

          3. Telephone Number

          4. Business License #


                                    Request for 5% SMALL Local Business Bid Preference
                                                         OR
                                   Request for 5% EMERGING Local Business Bid Preference
                                                (Complete certification information below)

          SLEB Certification #:                               SLEB Certification Expiration Date   /      /
          NAICS Codes
          Included in SLEB
          Certification

The Undersigned declares that the foregoing information is true and correct:

          Print/Type Name:

          Print/Type Title:

          Signature:

          Date:


Revision 5-11-10
                                                         EXHIBIT H

                                              COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                                     RFQ No. 900735
                                                           for
                                                Water Treatment Chemicals

             ALAMEDA COUNTY VENDOR FIRST SOURCE AGREEMENT
                         VENDOR INFORMATION
ALCOLINK Vendor Number (if known): 00000                           SLEB Vendor Number:
Full Legal Name:
DBA
Type of Entity:                  Individual            Sole Proprietor        Partnership
                            Corporation   Tax-Exempted          Government or Trust
Check the boxes that apply:
   Goods Only               Goods & Services     Rents/Leases         Legal Services
   Rents/Leases paid to you as the agent         Medical Services     Non-Medical Services – Describe
           Other

Federal Tax ID Number (required):
P.O. Box/Street Address:




Vendor Contact‟s Name:
Vendor Contact‟s Telephone:                       Fax:
Vendor Contact‟s E-mail address:
         Please check all that apply:
         LOC                Local Vendor (Holds business license within Alameda County)
         SML                Small Business (as defined by Small Business Administration)
         I                  American Indian or Alaskan Native (>50%)
         A                  Asian (>50%)
         B                  Black or African American (>50%)
         F                  Filipino (>50%)
         H                  Hispanic or Latino (>50%)
         N                  Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (>50%)
         W                  White (>50%)
Number of entry level positions available through the life of the contract:___________
Number of other positions available through the life of the contact:_________________
This information to be completed by County:
Contract #______________________
Contract Amount:              _____________________
Contract Term:                _____________________

Revision 10-22-09
                                                  EXHIBIT H

                                     COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                               RFQ No. 900735
                                                     for
                                          Water Treatment Chemicals

             ALAMEDA COUNTY VENDOR FIRST SOURCE AGREEMENT
                         VENDOR INFORMATION



Vendor agrees to provide Alameda County (through East Bay Works and Social Services Agency), ten
(10) working days to refer to Vendor, potential candidates to be considered by Vendor to fill any new or
vacant positions that are necessary to fulfill their contractual obligations to the County, that Vendor has
available during the life of the contract before advertising to the general public. Vendor will also provide
the County with specific job requirements for new or vacant positions. Vendor agrees to use its best
efforts to fill its employment vacancies with candidates referred by County, but final decision of whether
or not to offer employment, and the terms and conditions thereof, to the candidate(s) rest solely within the
discretion of the Vendor.

Alameda County (through East Bay Works and Social Services Agency) agrees to only refer pre-
screened qualified applicants, based on vendor specifications, to vendor for interviews for prospective
employment by Vendor (see Incentives for Vendor Participation under Vendor/First Source Program
located on the Small Local Emerging Business (SLEB) Website, http://www.acgov.org/auditor/sleb/.

If compliance with the First Source Program will interfere with Vendor‟s pre-existing labor agreements,
recruiting practices, or will otherwise obstruct Vendor‟s ability to carry out the terms of the contract,
Vendor will provide to the County a written justification of non-compliance in the space provided below.


                                             (Company Name)
 ______________________________________                               _____________________
                    (Vendor Signature)                                          (Date)




 ______________________________________                               _____________________
(East Bay Works / One-Stop Representative Signature)                            (Date)

Justification for Non-Compliance:
_______________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________



Revision 10-22-09
                                                     EXHIBIT I

                                      COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                                  RFQ No. 900735
                                                        for
                                             Water Treatment Chemicals

                                Exceptions, Clarifications, Amendments
List below requests for clarifications, exceptions and amendments, if any, to the RFP and its exhibits, and submit with your
bid response.
The County is under no obligation to accept any exceptions and such exceptions may be a basis for bid disqualification.

      Item          Reference To:
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                   Bidder Name                                Bidder Signature                        Date
                                                           Exhibit I
                                                          Page 1 of 1
                                          EXHIBIT K

                            COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                        RFQ No. 900735
                                              for
                                   Water Treatment Chemicals

                      ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION


The bidder certifies under penalty of perjury the following:

    The products we are proposing to supply are not manufactured with and do not contain, use, or
        generate PBTs as defined in Acronym and Term Glossary of this RFQ.

    Our company, and any product provided to the County as part of this contract, is in
     compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental and worker health and safety
     regulations that apply to their operation.

The bidder shall provide the following with its response:

A brief description of planned efforts to minimize the amount of packaging and shipping
materials and a description of the post-consumer recycled content of those materials:




Print Name/Title: _____________________________________________________________________

Company Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Signature:        _____________________________________________________________________

Date:             _____________________________________________________________________


                                               Exhibit K
                                               Page 1 of 1
                                                                           RFQ No. 900735

                                                                           EXHIBIT L
                                                                      VENDOR BID LIST

Below is the Vendor Bid List for this project consisting of vendors who have responded to RFI No. 900735,
and/or been issued a copy of this RFQ. This Vendor Bid List is being provided for informational purposes to
assist bidders in making contact with other businesses as needed to develop local small and emerging business
subcontracting relationships to meet the requirements of the Small Local Emerging Business (SLEB) Program
(described within this RFQ). For additional information regarding the SLEB Program, please visit our website
at http://www.acgov.org/auditor/sleb/ and/or contact the Auditor-Controller‟s Office of Contract Compliance
(OCC) located at 1221 Oak Street, Room 249, Oakland, CA 94612 at Tel: (510) 891-5500, Fax: (510) 272-
6502 or via E-mail at ACSLEBcompliance@acgov.org

Potential bidders are strongly encouraged, but not required, to attend the Networking/Bidders Conferences in
order to further facilitate subcontracting relationships. Vendors who attend the Networking/Bidders
Conferences will be added to the Vendor Bid List. Please see the RFQ sections entitled „Calendar of Events‟
and „Networking/Bidders Conferences‟ for additional information. The Networking/Bidders Conferences
scheduled for all current projects are posted on the GSA Calendar of Events website at
http://www.acgov.org/calendar_app/DisplayListServlet?site=Internet&ag=GSA&ty=PUR. An RFQ Addendum
will be issued to all vendors on the Vendor Bid List following the Networking/Bidders Conferences and will
include contact information for each vendor attendee.

                                     RFQ No. 900735 - Water Treatment Chemicals
Business Name                 Street Address                        City                 St       Contact            Phone             Email
 Basic Chemical Solutions   12522 Los Nietos Rd.            Santa Fe Springs   CA     Mary Rose Gamber      (562) 309-2714   mgamber@basicllc.com

 Brentagg Pacific           860 Wharf St.                   Richmond           CA     Laura Tua             (562) 903-9626   ltua@brenntag.com

 Cargill Salt               7220 Central Ave.               Newark             CA     Melissa Woodside      (510) 790-8115   melissa_woodside@cargill.com

 Hill Brothers Chemical     3000 East Birch St. #108        Brea               CA     John Padilla Jr.      (714) 579-3333   johnpadillajr@hillbrothers.com

 Malaco International       1190 N. California Blvd. #608   Walnut Creek       CA     Debra Llama           (925) 280-8710   dllama@malacointl.com

 Nalco                      1601 W. Diehl Rd.               Naperville         IL     Patricia Allen        (630) 305-1531   pallen@nalco.com

 Olin Corporation           26700 S. Banta Rd.              Tracy              CA     John Schabacker       (209) 835-7204   jmschabacker@olin.com

 PVS Minibulk               10900 Harper Ave.               Detroit            MI     Eileen McDonnell      (313) 921-1200   bids@pvschemicals.com

 Sierra Chemical            2302 Larkin Circle              Sparks             NV     Dennis Moore          (775) 240-9244   dennis@sierrachemsales.com

 Sierra Chemical            2302 Larkin Circle              Sparks             NV     Stanley K. Kinder     (775) 358-0888   sierrachem@gbis.com

 Univar                     8201 S. 212th St.               Kent               WA     Laura Lanthier        (253) 872-5075   laura.lanthier@univarusa.com

 Univar                     8201 S. 212th St.               Kent               WA     Shawnasey McCarthy    (258) 872-5000   shawnasey.mccarthy@univarusa.com




                                                                                Exhibit L
                                                                               Page 1 of 1
                                       EXHIBIT M
                                     RFQ No. 900735
                                           for
                                Water Treatment Chemicals

                 RESPONSE CONTENT AND SUBMITTALS
                     COMPLETENESS CHECKLIST
1.   Bid responses must be signed in ink and include evidence that the person or persons
     signing the proposal is/are authorized to execute the proposal on behalf of the bidder.

2.   Bidders shall provide all of the below noted Bid documentation and exhibits. Any
     material deviation from these requirements may be cause for rejection of the proposal, as
     determined in the County‟s sole discretion. The content and sequence for each required
     Bid document/exhibit shall be as follows:

                                        CHECK LIST

    A.     Title Page: Show RFQ number and title, your company name and address, name of
            the contact person (for all matters regarding the RFQ response), telephone number
            and quotation/proposal date.

    B.     Table of Contents: Bid responses shall include a table of contents listing the
            individual sections of the quotation/proposal and their corresponding page numbers.
            Tabs should separate each of the individual sections.

    C.     Cover Letter: Bid responses shall include a cover letter describing Bidder and
            include all of the following:

            1)     The official name of Bidder;

            2)     Bidder‟s organizational structure (e.g. corporation, partnership, limited
                   liability company, etc.);

            3)     The jurisdiction in which Bidder is organized and the date of such
                   organization;

            4)     The address of Bidder‟s headquarters, any local office involved in the Bid
                   Quotation; and the address/location where the actual production of goods
                   and/or services will be performed;

            5)     Bidder‟s Federal Tax Identification Number;

            6)     The name, address, telephone, fax numbers and e-mail address of the
                   person(s) who will serve as the contact(s) to the County, with regards to the
                   RFQ response, with authorization to make representations on behalf of and
                   to bind Bidder;
                                            Exhibit M
                                            Page 1 of 4
         7)     A representation that Bidder is in good standing in the State of California
                and will have all necessary licenses, permits, certifications, approvals and
                authorizations necessary in order to perform all of its obligations in
                connection with this RFQ. This requirement includes the necessity for some
                out of state companies to be registered with the State of California by the
                effective date of the agreement. Information regarding this requirement can
                be located at the Secretary of State website, http://www.sos.ca.gov/.; and

         8)     An acceptance of all conditions and requirements contained in this RFQ.

         9)    Cover letter must be signed in ink by a person or persons authorized to
               execute the proposal on behalf of the bidder.

   D.   Letter of Transmittal:

         Bid responses shall include a description of Bidder‟s approach in providing its
         goods and delivery services to the County in one or two pages stating its
         understanding of the work to be done and a positive commitment to perform the
         work as specified.

   E.   Bidder‟s Qualifications and Experience:

         Provide a description of Bidder‟s capabilities pertaining to this RFQ. This
         description should not exceed five (5) pages and should include a detailed summary
         of Bidder‟s experience relative to RFQ requirements described herein, including
         references.

   F.   Key Personnel - Qualifications and Experience:

         Bid responses shall include a complete list of and resumes for all key personnel
         associated with the RFQ. This list must include all key personnel who will provide
         services/training to County staff and all key personnel who will provide
         maintenance and support services. For each person on the list, the following
         information shall be included: (1) the person‟s relationship with Bidder, including
         job title and years of employment with Bidder; (2) the role that the person will play
         in connection with the RFQ (3) address, telephone, fax numbers, and e-mail
         address; (4) the person‟s educational background and (5) the person‟s relevant
         experience. This section of the bid response should include no more than two pages
         of information for each listed person.

   G.   References, Exhibit D1 and D2:

         1)     Bidders are to provide a list of 3 current and 3 former clients on Exhibit D1 and
                D2, attached hereto. References must be satisfactory as deemed solely by
                County. References should have similar scope, volume and requirements to
                those outlined in these specifications, terms and conditions.

                                         Exhibit M
                                         Page 2 of 4
         2)     Reference information is to include:

                 Company/Agency name
                 Contact person (name and title), contact person is to be someone directly
                  involved with the services
                 Complete street address
                 Telephone number
                 Type of business
                 Dates of service

         3)     The County may contact some or all of the references provided in order to
                determine Bidder‟s performance record on work similar to that described in
                this request. The County reserves the right to contact references other than
                those provided in the Response and to use the information gained from them
                in the evaluation process.

   H.   Description of Proposed Goods:

         Bid response shall include a description of each of the proposed goods. The
         descriptions shall specify how the proposed goods will meet or exceed the
         requirements of the County. The descriptions shall include a certificate of analysis
         and will meet all the specifications as stated in the RFQ, Specific Requirements -
         Chemical.

   I.   Bid Form, Exhibit B:

         Pricing for the procurement of goods and services by the County shall include all
         freight and all other costs, or credits, associated with the procurement and delivery
         to the County of Bidder‟s goods and services. Refer to “PRICING” under Section
         IV designated “TERMS AND CONDITIONS”.

   J.   Evidence of Insurance

         Certificates of insurance are required per the attached Exhibit C from a reputable
         insurer evidencing all coverages required for the term of any contract that may be
         awarded pursuant to this RFQ. The County‟s insurance requirements for Additional
         Insured reads, “All insurance required above with the exception… shall be endorsed
         to name as additional insured…”An endorsement is an amendment to a contract,
         such as an insurance policy, by which the original terms are changed. The
         insurance certificate (also known as the “Acord”) carries a disclaimer, “This
         certificate is issued as a matter of information only and confers no rights upon the
         certificate holder. This certificate does not amend, extend or alter the coverage
         afforded by the policy below.” Additional insureds listed in the description box
         are not a proper risk transfer. Any amendment or extension of the coverage such as
         an additional insured should be provided by a separate endorsement page or copy of
         the policy


                                        Exhibit M
                                        Page 3 of 4
K.   Other required Submittals/Exhibits not included above that are required in the bid
     response:

          Exhibit A, Acknowledgement form for the RFP and for each Addendum,
           must be signed and returned.
          Exhibit G, Request for Preference for Local Business and Small Local or
           Emerging Local Business, completed and signed (read Exhibit G for
           applicability). If applying for local preference, submit the following:
                 Copy of a verifiable business license, issued by the County of
                  Alameda or a City within the County; and
                 Proof of six (6) month business residency, identifying the name of the
                  vendor and the local address: utility bills, deed of trust or lease
                  agreement.
          Exhibit H, First Source Agreement, must be completed and signed
           (applicable to contracts over $100,000).
          Exhibit I, Exceptions, Clarifications and Amendments Form, must be
           completed and signed. Any exceptions, clarifications and amendments
           should also address the attached Exhibits (The County is under no obligation
           to accept any exceptions and such exceptions may be a basis for bid
           disqualification).
          Exhibit K, Environmental Certification
          Exhibit N, Debarment and Suspension Certification




                                    Exhibit M
                                    Page 4 of 4
                                            EXHIBIT N

                            COUNTY OF ALAMEDA
                                         RFQ No. 900735
                                               for
                                    Water Treatment Chemicals

            DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION CERTIFICATION
                                   For Procurements Over $25,000
The bidder, under penalty of perjury, certifies that, except as noted below, bidder, its Principal, and
any named and unnamed subcontractor:

        Is not currently under suspension, debarment, voluntary exclusion, or determination of
         ineligibility by any federal agency;
        Has not been suspended, debarred, voluntarily excluded or determined ineligible by any
         federal agency within the past three years;
        Does not have a proposed debarment pending; and
        Has not been indicted, convicted, or had a civil judgment rendered against it by a court of
         competent jurisdiction in any matter involving fraud or official misconduct within the past
         three years.


If there are any exceptions to this certification, insert the exceptions in the following space.




Exceptions will not necessarily result in denial of award, but will be considered in determining
bidder responsibility. For any exception noted above, indicate below to whom it applies, initiating
agency, and dates of action.

Notes:    Providing false information may result in criminal prosecution or administrative sanctions.
          The above certification is part of the Proposal. Signing this Proposal on the signature
          portion thereof shall also constitute signature of this Certification.

BIDDER: _________________________________________________________________

PRINCIPAL: _______________________________ TITLE: ________________________

SIGNATURE: ______________________________ DATE: ________________________

                                                 Exhibit N
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