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File #: 2955-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/18/2023 In control: Public Utilities Committee
On agenda: 11/20/2023 Final action: 11/22/2023
Title: To authorize the Director of the Finance and Management Department to enter into a contract with Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. for the purchase of a FlowCam Cyano System for the Division of Water, WQAL; and to authorize the expenditure of $126,817.00 from the Water Operating Fund. ($126,817.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD# 2955-2023 QUOTE, 2. ORD# 2955-2023 BID TAB, 3. ORD# 2955-2023 FINANCIAL CODING, 4. ORD# 2955-2023 INFORMATION

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this legislation is to authorize the Director of Finance and Management on behalf of the Director of Public Utilities to enter into a contract with Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies, Inc. for the purchase of one (1) FlowCam Cyano System to be used at the Division of Water Quality Assurance Laboratory (WQAL).
The Division of Water started an algae monitoring program in 1938, due to a severe algal bloom on Griggs Reservoir that produced musty/earthy tastes and odors in the finished drinking water. Historically, taste and odors in the drinking water were one of the biggest causes of customer complaints. More recently it has been shown that some types of algae (cyanobacteria) can also produce cyanotoxins. In addition, other types of algae (diatoms) cause problems during treatment including filter clogging, which can shut down the water plant if it goes unchecked. FlowCam is a semi-automated microscope with image recognition technology. FlowCam can identify and quantify the cyanobacteria, diatoms, and other nuisance algae faster than an individual using a microscope. This increases sample throughput. FlowCam also measures the morphology (biovolume) automatically, which is a time consuming process if completed manually. In addition, with FlowCam the method will remain consistent regardless of staff turnover. While FlowCam will not completely eliminate manual algae counts under the microscope. The ultimate goals of using FlowCam include increased sample throughput, reducing long hours on the microscope for staff, and faster sample analysis - which will enable more timely adjustments to treatment at the water plants.
The Purchasing Office advertised and solicited competitive bids in accordance with the relevant provisions of City Code Chapter 329 relating to competitive bidding (RFQ025734). Two hundred and eighty four (284) bidders were solicited and one (1) bid (MAJ) was received and opened on September 28, 2023. ...

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