Request for Qualifications



The South Texas Water Authority (the “STWA”) requests the submission of qualifications statements, which will lead to the possible award of contracts to provide services for a project involving the STWA’s waterworks system.


Scope of Work


Services to be provided by Engineer: professional engineering services associated with proposed (a) planning, permitting, environmental, design and construction management phase services and other additional services associated with the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Wastewater system service extension and repair and replacement project; and (b) assistance in application preparation and documentation to federal, state, and other possible funding sources.


Services to be provided by Bond Counsel: assist in obtaining loan and/or grant funding and to provide legal opinion with respect to validity of any debt obligations issued by the STWA for capital financing; preparation of resolution authorizing and securing the debt and/or authorizing any grant or principal forgiveness agreements, as necessary.


Services to be provided by Financial Advisor: strategic financial planning; analysis of market conditions; recommended investments of bond and grant proceeds; provide recommendations to the STWA for financing through programs established by the TWDB, including loan, grant, and principal forgiveness funding.


Services Provided by Administrative Services:  assistance in organizing, preparing and substantiating the TWDB application process and fulfilling the requirements to successfully submit all necessary documentation and coordinating resources to ensure timely submittals.  Providing guidance and communication with all parties.


Guidelines for Content of Qualification Statements


DO NOT INCLUDE COST INFORMATION with the qualification statement. Responses that include cost or pricing information will be rejected and will not be considered by STWA.


Detailed instructions on preparation of the qualification statement must be obtained from the STWA. For more information on preparing and submitting the qualification statement, contact Mr. John Marez, Executive Director at or Ms. Jo Ella Wagner, Assistant Executive Director at or (361) 592-9323. This information should be requested as soon as possible to allow time to prepare the document and comply with the procedures.





Minimum Qualifications and Selection Criteria


The STWA will evaluate the proposals to determine which firm has the best qualifications.


Contract Terms and Negotiation Schedule


Consultants for Administrative Services, Bond Counsel, Financial Advisor and Engineering services are expected to negotiate an agreement for services which is acceptable to STWA. If an acceptable contract cannot be negotiated, the STWA may formally end negotiations and begin negotiating with the next highest qualified person or firm.


Contracts are contingent upon release of funds from the TWDB. Any contract awarded under the Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) are expected to be funded in part by a loan from the TWDB. Neither the State of Texas nor any of its departments, agencies, or employees are or will be a party to the RFQs, or any resulting contract. These RFQs are issued in accordance with Section 2254 of the Texas Government Code (Professional Services Act) and Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 31 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments).


This contract is subject to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, which includes EPA-approved fair share goals toward procurement of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) firms. EPA rules require that applicants and prime contractors make a good faith effort to award a fair share of contracts, subcontracts, and procurements to M/WBEs through demonstration of the six affirmative steps. For more details of the DBE Program and the current, applicable fair share goals, please visit


Equal Opportunity in Employment - All qualified Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246, as amended by Executive Order 11375, and as supplemented in Department of Labor regulations 41 CFR Part 60. Small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises are encouraged to respond.


Prime contractors are required to comply with EPA’s good faith effort policy when awarding sub-agreements for construction, supplies, equipment, and services. A complete version of TWDB document, “Guidance for Utilization of Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Businesses in Procurement”, is available at: