The PUD works with a wide range of businesses who participate in contracts for public works, professional services such as consulting and engineering, and material and equipment procurement.

The PUD regularly solicits bids for:

  • Small Works Project Contracts
  • Public Works
  • Professional Services Contracts
    • Administration
    • Engineering
    • Consulting
    • Construction
  • Equipment Procurement
  • Material/Supplies Procurement

To find out more about submitting bids or proposals for PUD contracts, contact the Engineering and Project Development staff at (360) 384-4288 or send us an email at: info(at)

2022 Utility Rate Study
Request for Qualifications/Proposals

Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County (“District”) is requesting proposals from qualified financial consultants to conduct a utility rate study on the two water utilities. The intent of the study is to independently assess and evaluate the District’s existing rates and provide recommendations for changes to existing rates and policies.

The District is unique among public utility districts in Washington. The district has less than 100 customers, no residential, but the District’s budget for 2022 is $22 million. 89% of our revenue comes from two, large refineries.

  • Industrial Water – This utility consists of 12 heavy industrial customers located at Cherry point, and 26 irrigation customers served along the two non-potable water lines going to Cherry Point. Each industrial customer has an individual, long-term contract;
  •  Grandview – This utility provides potable, non-potable, and fire service to 40 light industrial customers with 2021 revenue of $256,000. This utility has the greatest struggle with providing reasonable rates while still covering costs. In 2019, the District completed a water line connecting the Industrial Water system to the Grandview fire system;
  • Electric – This utility provides power to District water plants and one refinery at Cherry Point. The 2021 revenue was $11.6 million.

Although the District has the legal authority to collect taxes, it has not used that option to fund the District since 1946.

We are seeking a review of our current water rates and GFC charges in both the Industrial Water and Grandview utilities, and any recommendations of changes. A connection charge for new irrigation customers’ also needs to be developed. The completion of the interconnecting water line between the Industrial Water and Grandview utilities has brought up some potential for rate structure changes.

Submit the following requested information as well as any other information you consider useful for review. Submit only that which demonstrates the capabilities to perform this project. When reviewing submittals, the District will view excessive or extraneous material negatively. The submittal should include or address:

  •  Contact information including phone and email of key personnel who will be involved;
  •  Qualifications and experience with similar projects. Please include at least three references with contact information;
  • Expected schedule and cost of the project.

The firms who decide to participate will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Responsiveness to RFQ/RFP
  • Qualifications and experience of personnel to be assigned to conduct the work
  •  References including at least 2 public utilities
  • Cost
  • Schedule
  • Interview

The top selected firms will be asked to participate in an interview, either in person or on-line.

Deadline for submission of the RFQ/RFP is May 6, 2022 at 4 PM. Submissions may be paper or electronic.  All questions and submissions should be directed to:
Annette Smith, Director of Finance
PUD No. 1 of Whatcom County
PO Box 2308 / 1705 Trigg Rd
Ferndale WA 98248
360-384-4288 extension 11

2022 Small Works Roster

PUD No. 1 of Whatcom County

Request for Applications

Notice is hereby given that Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County (Whatcom PUD) is accepting applications from qualified contractors wishing to be approved for listing upon Whatcom PUD’s 2022 Small Works Roster.

Contractors whose names appear on the Roster may submit job/bid proposals for public works contracts that are less than three hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) (RCWs 54.04.070 & 39.04.155).

To be considered by Whatcom PUD and approved to be included on Whatcom PUD’s Small Works Roster each contractor shall: be a responsible bidder as defined by current Washington State Law; have a current Certificate of Registration as a Contractor in the State of Washington; have a current Washington State Unified Business Identifier number; if applicable, Industrial Insurance coverage for the applicant’s employees working in the State of Washington; have an Employment Security Department number; have a Washington State Excise Tax registration number; have a Workmen’s Compensation Experience Factor equal to or less than one (1.0); have the ability to bond projects in the amount of $350,000 or less; have completed all prevailing wage training required for all Contractors in State of Washington under L&I; have personnel with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the trade or scope of work indicated in the Application; be able to submit a Certificate of Insurance for the minimum amounts indicated in the Application; and have satisfactory qualifications to receive Safety Training and Security Clearances from Whatcom PUD’s industrial customers.

Whatcom PUD is seeking qualified contractors for the following classifications of work; a more detailed description of each item is included in the Application.

Electrical Utility

  • Transmission Line Construction, Maintenance and Repair (115 kV)
  • Substation Construction, Maintenance & Repair (115 kV)
  • Electrical (2.4kV& 5 kV & 480 V) Motor/Equipment Maintenance and Repair
  • Vegetation Management
  • Utility System Telecommunications Infrastructure Installation, Repair, and  Maintenance

Water Utility

  • Waterline Installation, Maintenance and Repair
  • Pump Maintenance and Repair
  • Clarification Plant Maintenance and Repair
  • Settling Pond Sediment Excavation and Hauling
  • Utility System Telecommunications Infrastructure Installation, Repair, & Maintenance

  General Facility

  •       Facility Maintenance and Specialty Work
  •       General Building Construction and Repair
  •       Groundwork and Driveway Construction
  •       Metal fabrication and Design

All applications shall be submitted to Whatcom PUD on the provided application form.

To request application forms, contact:
Kurt Wank, Project Manager
Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County
1705 Trigg Road | PO Box 2308, Ferndale, WA  98248
Email:  kurtwank(at)
Phone:   (360) 384-4288 ext. 17.

All applications shall be completed and returned to Whatcom PUD no later than 30 January 2022 to assure inclusion on the 2022 Roster, although Whatcom PUD will accept applications throughout the year. Whatcom PUD will provide written email confirmation to the applicant as to the status of the application (approval or denial).

The 2022 Roster shall be in effect through 31 December 2022 and will be updated on an annual basis.

Stephan Jilk,
General Manager