Request for Proposals for Inland Empire Brine Line Reserve Policy

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) was formed in 1972 to plan and build facilities to provide water supply and protect water quality in the Santa Ana River Watershed. SAWPA is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) comprised of five (5) member agencies: Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD), Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), Orange County Water District (OCWD), San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley), and Western Municipal Water District (WMWD). SAWPA owns either capacity rights in, or owns outright approximately 93 miles of pipeline referred to as the Inland Empire Brine Line (Brine Line). The Brine Line provides for saline, non-domestic discharges to protect water resources in the Santa Ana River Watershed. It is the intent of SAWPA to obtain the services of a consulting firm to review SAWPA’s capacity lease rate and reserve policies (included in Appendix B) and recommend changes to reserve targets, including setting maximum levels and combining reserves as needed to meet SAWPA PA 24 Committee policies and to ensure sound and sufficient reserve policies.

Proposals will be received no later than October 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  Five (5) original copies and one (1) electronic file copy (in PDF format) of the proposal shall be submitted in a sealed enveloped and marked: “Proposal for Consulting Services for Brine Line Reserve Policy”.  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 data and time will not be accepted. 

A pre-proposal meeting will be held via ZOOM at 1:30 p.m. on September 30, 2021, attendance is highly encouraged. (zoom meeting details will be emailed separately).  Questions regarding this RFP should be emailed to Karen Williams, Assistant General Manager/CFO ( and David Ruhl, Engineering Manager (


Update 09/29/2021:

A pre-proposal meeting for the Inland Empire Brine Line Reserve Policy RFP is scheduled for September 30, 2021 at 1:30 p.m., attendance is highly encouraged.  The meeting is by Zoom only.  The Zoom meeting details are as follows:

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