The Water Department Laboratory Services Division will use this Agreement to purchase microbiological supplies necessary to test for total coliforms in the public water supply. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires a minimum of 270 samples be tested each month to meet regulatory requirements. The Water Department Laboratory Services Division is certified by TCEQ's National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) for analysis of total coliforms by the MMO-MUG (Colilert) Test, Standard Method 9223 of the TCEQ. IDEXX Distribution, Inc.., is the documented sole supplier and distributor of the Colilert test supplies.
Staff recommends amending this agreement for the Water Department to add an additional $50,000.00 to support newly instituted regulatory compliance testing for Legionella and to provide for additional water quality testing of new water lines. The Water Department has seen an increase in new water line installments and the original funding will not meet the increased testing. Additionally, staff recommends adding an additional $30,000.00 for the Code Compliance Department for additional e-coli and parvo testing, the revised Purchase Agreement amount will be increased to $180,000.00.
The unit prices offered by IDEXX Distribution, Inc.., for microbiological supplies have not changed from the previous Agreement awarded May 2011 (M&C P-11235). Staff reviewed the pricing and found pricing to be fair and reasonable. No guarantee was made that a specific amount of goods will be purchased.
This Agreement may be renewed for up to three additional one-year terms at the City's option. This action does not require specific City Council approval provided that the City Council has appropriated sufficient funds to satisfy the City's obligations during the renewal term.