Value-based procurement, also known as “best value” procurement, means evaluating purchases beyond price. It means going beyond “lowest responsible bidder” criteria to weigh in factors such as long-term value, evolving technologies, customer service, and design aesthetics. WWEMA advocates for governments and private entities to used value-based procurement methods to ensure the best use of their water and wastewater capital budgets.
Download the Value-Based Procurement Position Paper
- Optimizing Public Agency Purchasing Power: WWEMA, together with the National Association of Clean Water, has published this joint document to identify procurement methods that achieve maximum return on investment.
- Bidding Procedures and Equipment Procurement: This 31-page report represents the proceedings of a WWEMA-led session at WEFTEC 2011 and includes] results of an extensive survey of the 50 states regarding which procurement options and project delivery methods they allow under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.
- ConsensusDocs: WWEMA is a member of a coalition of more than 40 associations in the public works and construction industries that are collaborating to develop standardized contracts that incorporate industry best practices and fairly allocate risk.
- Municipal Procurement: Procurement Process Improvements Yield Cost-Effective Public Benefits: Published in 2013 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, this 24-page document offers practical steps can mayors take to ensure that local procurement in their cities is performed in a manner that minimizes waste.
- Reforming Our Nation’s Approach to the Infrastructure Crisis: How Competition, Oversight, and Innovation Can Lower Water and Sewer Rates in the U.S.: Published in 2013 by the National Taxpayers Union, this 28-page report calls for procurement reform and improved financial management practices.
- Fixing America’s Crumbling Underground Water Infrastructure: Competitive Bidding Offers a Way Out: Published in April 2012 by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, this 18-page report discusses how “Opening up the bidding process under the principle of ‘may the best technology win’ will immeasurably improve the quality of America’s underground water infrastructure in a cost-effective fashion.”
- Life Cycle Costing in Sustainable Public Procurement: A Question of Value: This white paper from the International Institute for Sustainable Development examines the benefits of conducting life cycle costing analyses when making procurement decisions.
- Field Scan on Innovation in Procurement Provided to the City of Philadelphia: This 2014 document gathers information about current best practices and emerging ideas on procurement and government innovation.
Sample Procurement Policies
A number of municipalities have recognized the value of considering the “total cost of ownership” and have integrated it into their procurement policies: