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United Kingdom-Liverpool: Water distribution and related services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Water, Wastewater and Ancillary Services (2)
We are running this competition using the ‘open procedure'. Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is seeking to establish a framework agreement to support delivery of water, wastewater and ancillary services. The duration of the framework agreement is for a four (4) year period. The framework agreement will be available for use by UK public sector bodies as described in the customer list.
The framework consists of the following lots:
Lot 1: Water and Waste Water Services
Lot 2: Ancillary Services
Lot 3: One Stop Shop (combined lot 1 and lot 2).
Bidders can bid for both lot 1 and/or lot 2.
Lot 3 will be formed upon award. Any bidder successfully awarded both Lot 1 and Lot 2 will be awarded a place on lot 3.
Suppliers will be required to provide the deliverables (goods and services) set out in the specification, the full specification is set out in the Invitation to Tender (ITT).
CCS may award up to 3 lots.
You can bid for both lot 1 and lot 2.
Lot 3 will be formed upon award. Any bidder successfully awarded both lot 1 and lot 2 will be awarded a place on lot 3.
Water and Wastewater Service
Water and wastewater services
The supplier shall provide water supply and wastewater (sewerage) services to eligible non-household customers in accordance with the Water Act 2014.
The supplier shall be required to hold and maintain throughout the framework agreement and any call off contracts, a valid water supply and sewerage licence granted by the the Economic regulator of the water sector in England and Wales (Ofwat) in accordance with section 1 of the Water Act 2014. The supplier shall comply with the requirements of the associated wholesale retail code and the market arrangement code as specified by the Regulator Ofwat.
The supplier shall be required to deliver associated services in connection with the supply of water and wastewater services as required by the buyers at call off stage:
Account management including customer service;
Metering including, meter Reading (Including acceptance of AMR reads);
Management of sites and meters (including new connections and switching);
Meter installation/removal/resizing/accuracy tests;
Roads and property drainage;
Sewerage services including trade effluent;
Emergency contingency planning;
24/7 Emergency support; and
Guaranteed standards of service.
An e-auction may be used at call off contract stage for lot 1.
The value provided in section II.2.6) is only an estimate. Crown Commercial Service cannot guarantee any business through the framework agreement.
Water ancillary services
The supplier shall provide one (1) or more of the ancillary deliverables (goods and services) listed below. The ancillary services are pertaining to the management, conservation, reduction and data management of water consumption as requested by the buyers in order to deliver efficiency, financial and consumption savings.
The ancillary services can include the requirement for purchase and installation of water management water efficiency, water conservation or other water savings measures. These measures may include provision and installation of goods including new equipment optimisation of equipment (including existing equipment) and provision of related services.
Additional services may be required to improve the environmental conditions at buyers sites.
The scope includes provision for the supplier to offer its own or third party financing option on request by the buyers, to support delivery of the ancillary deliverables (goods and services) listed below.
The buyer may request deliverables (goods and services) that are not listed below but fall within the scope of water ancillary services. It is intended that the range of ancillary services will expand to meet the buyers business needs as they develop their strategies. Initially the framework agreement will consist of the following nine (9) water ancillary services.
These water ancillary deliverables (goods and services) are:
• water footprint assessment;
• tariff optimisation and benchmarking;
• water audit site surveys;
• leak detection and repair;
• contingency planning;
• legionella risk assessments;
• automated meter reading;
• bill validation; and
• cost recovery.
One Stop Shop (Combined Lot 1 and Lot 2)
One stop shop — (combined lot 1 and 2) services
The suppliers for lot 3 shall provide a combination of the services outlined in both lot 1 and lot 2 as required by the buyers. All suppliers must be able to provide at least one (1) of the services listed in the description for lot 2. The Buyer may request deliverables (goods and services) that are not listed in the lot 2 description but fall within the scope of water ancillary services. It is intended that the range of ancillary services will expand to meet the buyers business needs as they develop their strategies. The framework agreement consists of nine (9) water ancillary services listed in the lot 2 description, but is not limited as new services will be integrated depending on the buyer’s needs.
Lot 3 will be formed upon award. Any bidder successfully awarded both lot 1 and lot 2 will be awarded a place on lot 3 one stop shop (combined lot 1 and lot 2).
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with Section 5 of the 2015 Public Contract Regulations (implementing the directive) on the basis of information provided in response to an invitation to tender (ITT) registering for access.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
As part of this contract notice the following documents can be accessed at: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/226bd968-3683-4d2c-a23a-783b7b7ce220
1) Contract notice transparency information for the agreement;
2) Contract notice authorised customer list;
3) Rights reserved for CCS framework.
On 2 April 2014 Government introduced its Government Security Classifications (GSC) scheme which replaced Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS). A key aspect is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All bidders should make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact this requirement. This link provides information on the GSC at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications
Cyber Essentials is a mandatory requirement for Central Government contracts which involve handling personal information or provide certain ICT products/services. Government is taking steps to reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet. To participate in this procurement, bidders must be able to demonstrate they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials, for services under and in connection with this procurement.
All certificates issued prior to 1 April 2020 or before 30 June 2020 on the existing scheme are valid until 30 June 2021. This includes those issued by Accreditation Bodies other than IASME.
On 30 June 2021, any certificate issued under the old scheme will expire.
Refer to https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyber-essentials-faqs for more information.
CCS reserve the right to award a framework to any bidder on Lot 1 whose final score is within 1 % of the last position.
Registering for access:
This procurement will be managed electronically via the eSourcing suite. This will be the route for sharing all information and communicating with bidders. If you have recently registered on the eSourcing suite for another CCS procurement you can use the same account for this new procurement. If not, you will first need to register your organisation on the portal.
Use the following link for information on how register and use the eSourcing tool: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esourcing-tool-guidance-for-suppliers
For assistance please contact the eSourcing Help desk operated by email at help@eSourcingsolution.co.uk or call 0800 069 8630.