EPWU NO. 1 NATIONWIDE FOR ENSURING COST-EFFECTIVE WORK FROM ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS
Utility will accept award at this week's PSB Meeting
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Date: November 7, 2011
EL PASO – The least expensive option isn't always the best value. That's the rationale behind the Qualification-Based Selection (QBS) process used by many businesses, governments and utilities around the country, including El Paso Water Utilities.
Now, the American Council of Civil Engineering Companies and the National Society of Professional Engineers have recognized EPWU's QBS process as one of the best among all government entities in the United States.
The Utility was recently presented with the 2011 QBS Award at the council's convention in Las Vegas; EPWU will formally accept it at the Public Service Board's regular meeting on Nov. 9.
EPWU uses the QBS process to ensure high-quality, cost-effective engineering and architectural services for infrastructure projects like wastewater plants and water treatment plants, according to EPWU Vice President of Operations and Technical Services John Balliew.
"You're talking about the very fundamental beginning point of something that's going to be constructed. You want to have the best possible team to provide you that design," he said. "If there's something wrong with it, those errors are going to multiply; those errors can generate higher costs. Some of them can generate something that's not going to work."
By avoiding those higher costs, EPWU ultimately saves money. Those long-term savings are passed on to customers.