Request for Proposals
Shared Utility Services Study
Submittal Deadline: 04/16/2014
Southampton County, VA will accept proposals until Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00p.m. local prevailing time, for a contract for a planning study to assess the feasibility, costs and benefits of sharing water and sewer services with the City of Franklin. This study will assist the County and City in determining whether, and to what degree, shared utility services will improve efficiency, reduce capital and operating costs, and/or enhance economic competitiveness of the region.
Southampton County and the City of Franklin have received a commitment for a 2013 CDBG Planning Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to assess the feasibility, costs and benefits of sharing water and sewer services. This study will assist the County and City in determining whether, and to what degree, shared utility services will improve efficiency, reduce costs, and/or enhance economic competitiveness.
The primary objective of the Shared Utility Services Study is to compare the cost of providing water and wastewater service in the County and the City, for the following three scenarios:
• Non-shared services (status quo) — the current structure in which each locality continues to own, operate, and implement improvements to their own water and sewer systems.
• Shared or contracted services — replacing the current structure with one in which the localities either contract with one another for water and sewer services, or one in which they form a shared services department and share the costs thereof; or
• Regionalized scenario — replacing the current structure with a single entity with full responsibility — own, operate and implement system improvements — for the County’s and City’s water distribution, wastewater collection, conveyance and treatment facilities.