Groundwater Investigation Unit Bidding Requirements
The recently-passed 2011-2012 budget bill includes a special provision that requires DWQ’s Groundwater Investigation Unit to bid on drilling work needed by other divisions of DENR. The requirement is in Section 13.4 of the budget:
REQUIRE DENR TO USE DWQ'S GROUNDWATER INVESTIGATION UNIT'S WELL DRILLING SERVICES IN OTHER DENR DIVISIONS
SECTION 13.4.(a) The purposes of this section are (i) to assure that the Groundwater Investigation Unit well drilling staff are fully utilized by establishing a procedure whereby the Groundwater Investigation Unit may bid to contract to provide well drilling services to other divisions of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and by providing funding support by these divisions for the Unit's costs and travel expenses and (ii) to
reduce the need for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to enter into contracts with private well drilling companies.
SECTION 13.4.(b) During the 2011-2012 fiscal year and the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Groundwater Investigation Unit of the Division of Water Quality of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources shall bid to contract to perform well drilling services for any division within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that needs to have wells drilled to monitor groundwater, as part of remediating a contaminated site, or as part of any other division or program responsibility, except for a particular instance when this would be impracticable. The provisions of Article 3 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes apply to any contract entered into under this section.
SECTION 13.4.(c) The terms of any contract entered into under this section may include a provision whereby the division within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that contracts for the well drilling services of the Groundwater Investigation Unit may use available receipts for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, as applicable, for the costs of the Groundwater Investigation Unit well drilling staff that are incurred to perform the well drilling services under the contract.
DWQ is working with other DENR divisions who have current drilling needs to implement this requirement. Please contact Evan Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org; 919-715-6182) or Rick Bolich (email@example.com; 919-715-6180) for more information on utilization of the GWIU in other DENR divisions.