Saturday, November 26, 2022

Knowlton Rejects Water System Bids for Second Time

Maybe third time will be a charm, but for now bids for a reverse-osmosis water filtration
system have been rejected for the second time in as many months. “Here we go again,” Mayor Adele Starrs said at the Sept. 12 Township Committee meeting.

At the August meeting, the governing body had rejected the two bids it received because the contractors looking to be awarded the work had not followed state-mandated rules for bidding on public projects.

One failed to include acknowledgement of an addendum to the proposal and the other did not provide proof that it was registered according to the state Public Works Contractor Registration Act, Starrs explained in August.

“So we told them what they did wrong, and we put it out again,” said Starrs. One still got it
wrong and the other, while submitting a corrected proposal, bid more than $1 million, which Starrs said was “ridiculously out of budget.”

According to the township’s finance officer, the million-plus bid received from A1 Water
Conditioning and solutions was complete but it exceeded the townships appropriation for the project. Portisoft, the other company, again failed to comply with state rule regarding bidding on public projects.

The installation of reverse-osmosis water filtration systems in homes is intended to mitigate issues with high salt content in water.

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