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SAWPA’s Strategic Plan

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) is a joint powers authority comprised of five member agencies:


agencies Eastern Municipal Water District
agencies Inland Empire Utilities Agency
agencies Orange County Water District
agencies San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
agencies Western Municipal Water District



  1. Qualification Submittals for the RFQ as described herein, will be submitted to Regina Patterson at: electronically, as a single Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file, with search capability to ensure readability and compatibility, not more than 15 pages long (not including cover letter, exhibits and resumes), and not more than 10 megabytes in size.
  2. All qualification submittals must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
  3. Responding firms may submit qualifications for Technical Writer services, Grant Writer Services or both.
  4. If additional information is needed, contact David Ruhl at (951) 354-4223 or
  5. Any changes to this RFQ are invalid unless specifically modified by SAWPA and issued as a separate addendum document. Should there be any question as to changes to the content of this document; SAWPA’s copy shall prevail. It is the submitting firm’s sole responsibility to ensure that their qualification submittal, inclusive of any or all addenda, is received to the proper place at the proper time. SAWPA will not accept submittals after the cut off time listed above.

Request for Proposal (RFP) Inland Empire Brine Line Rate Model 

Proposals will be received no later than October 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. five (5) original copies and one (1) electronic file copy (in PDF format) of the proposal shall be submitted in a sealed envelope and marked: “Proposal for Consulting Services for Inland Empire Brine Line (Brine Line) Rate Model”. One (1) original copy of the fee proposal shall be submitted in a separate sealed envelope and marked: “Fee Proposal”.  Proposals received after the above specified date and time WILL NOT be accepted.  A pre-proposal meeting will be held at the SAWPA offices at 1:30 p.m. on September 28, 2017. Questions regarding this RFP should be addressed directly to Karen Williams (


Please note new Department of Industrial Relations requirements regarding the Public Works Contractor Registration Program:


BID CLOSED – Inland Empire Brine Line Reach V Rehabilitation and Improvement Project – Phase 2

Bid Opening Results


Inland Empire Brine Line

  • The Inland Empire Brine Line was damaged around 11 p.m. Monday, June 13, by construction work at the intersection of Cajalco and Temescal Canyon roads, causing a leak. The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority quickly stopped the leak, contained the liquid, repaired the pipe, and cleaned up the area. The leak posed no public health risk, overnight traffic disruption was modest, and the Brine Line is back in normal service.
  • In August 2014, SAWPA issued a notice inviting bids for construction of the Inland Empire Brine Line Reach V Rehabilitation and Improvement Project On October 21, 2014, SAWPA awarded the construction of the project to Charles King Company.  The total contract amount is $12,561,000.  A notice to construct was issued to the contractor in January 2015.  The construction duration is 14 months and is anticipated to be complete in early 2016.    Funding for the Project is through the California State Water Resources Control Board Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program. Click here to learn more about this project

One Water One Watershed (OWOW)

  • OWOW 2015 Implementation: The $64 million Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) grant application submitted to the State in 2015 was fully funded. SAWPA and the project proponents are working on executing individual funding contractors to distribute the $64 million. See the State’s funding map.
  • OWOW 2014 Implementation: Implementation of the $22 million Emergency Drought Grant Program, a watershed-wide water use efficiency effort is now being planned through the Project Agreement (PA) 22 Committee. The PA 22 Committee, composed of the regional water agencies in the Santa Ana River Watershed, is planning the implementation of the program which will include watershed aerial imagery, tools and support for retail water agencies to develop conservation-based water rates, web-based and informational tools to encourage conservation, and turf replacement.  See the OWOW webpage for more information.
  • OWOW Round 2 Implementation: The Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Round 2 Grant Agreements have been executed between the project proponents and SAWPA. The projects funded are being implemented throughout the watershed.

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