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Do Business With PWD

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) greatly appreciates your interest in doing business with us. PWD offers all businesses the opportunity to bid and respond to upcoming contracts. Here are some things you should know to get started:
  • PWD has developed a long-term, integrative plan to engage local, small, and disadvantaged businesses and residents to increase their participation as contractors and/or subcontractors on all PWD projects. View the plan.
  • The City’s Procurement Department has put together a Vendor Guide to help contractors understand the bidding process.
  • You can learn how to become a City contractor and find City business opportunities through the Procurement Department and eContract Philly
  • In addition, the Procurement Department offers Local Owned Business Enterprise (LBE) certification. This certification offers incentives while bidding on City contracts. If you are a locally-based firm, apply to be certified.
The Procurement Department’s Bid Announcement System notifies vendors of upcoming Bid opportunities to the registered vendor’s email address. Learn more:

Contractor Seminars
PWD offers Contractor Seminars to provide important information to contractors about PWD’s green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), industry best practices, quality of life and performance specifications for projects, project completion requirements, contract M/W/DSBE inclusion, and more. Contact Janria Barroso, Director of Participation, for more information. Send email

Upcoming Session:
Session 3, September 30, 2014
more information

Past Sessions:
Session 1, January 29, 2014

Session 2, March 26, 2014

Contractor Online Newsletter

PWD’s Take Part! Online Newsletter details what you need to know about upcoming PWD construction projects. Sign up to receive email updates including our quarterly newsletter.

Contract Participation

Many PWD contracts place a focus on increasing opportunities for minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) to participate in PWD projects. These businesses can take advantage of being listed in an Online Directory of Certified Businesses -- a great tool for marketing to potential contract partners, who will see them when they search the directory. Check out the Online Directory of Certified Businesses.

OEO Registry

The City's Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) offers a Registry program, to promote and foster the growth of minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBEs). Companies certified by OEO recognized certification agencies can benefit from PWD’s economic inclusion efforts. Get registered today.