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FEMA procuring millions of bottles of drinking water in case of emergencies

FEMA is preparing to award small business set-aside contracts to vendors who could supply as many as 5.4 million bottles of drinking water (with a shelf life of at least two years) and as many as 1.5 million additional bottles of “extended shelf life” water that could sit in FEMA facilities for as long as five years.

The bottled water could fill an immediate need, said FEMA, “in support of national emergencies that may be man-made, natural disasters or a National Special Security Event.”

The agency intends to award an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for a minimum of 18,000 and a maximum of 5.4 million one-liter bottles of water packaged in single-service polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles with flat caps. “All bottles of water must contain an expiration or ‘best if used by’ date that is no sooner than 24 months from the date of delivery…,” says FEMA’s statement of work.

Under normal conditions, which FEMA calls “steady state,” the vendor must be able to deliver one 53-foot trailer truck (containing about 18,000 bottles) within 30 days of the order.

However, during “disaster emergency response/surge operations,” the small business vendor has to be able to ramp up its tempo dramatically, delivering 450,000 bottles on Day 1, about 900,000 bottles on Day 2 and about 1.35 million bottles on Day 3, says the FEMA notice.

“During an emergency response, The Contractor(s) shall deliver bottled drinking water to the event site anywhere in the continental United States and drop the trailers,” explained the statement of work.

In its request for “extended shelf life water,” FEMA indicates that it requires “purified” or “spring” water of domestic origin that shall expire no sooner than 60 months from the date of delivery. ”The water shall be packaged in a 1-liter re-closable and biodegradable packaging (box, pouch or similar degradable package) suitable for water consumption,” says the notice.

Responses by prospective vendors to FEMA’s RFP are due by July 22.

Further information is available from Amanda Rogers, a FEMA contract specialist, at 202-212-1393 or [email protected].

 

 

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