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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. 

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  • 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.
  • 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

Session 1, January 29, 2014
View a video of the session
View the presentation
View the Green Streets Design Manual Appendix

Session 2, March 26, 2014
View a video of the session

Session 3, September 30, 2014
Video: Quality of Life Specs

Session 4, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Video: Quality of Life Specs Update

Take Part Newsletter

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

Issue Four: March 2014
Issue Five: June 2014 
Issue Six: September 2014
Issue Seven: January 2015
Issue Eight: May 2015
Issue Nine: September 2015

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.