Rotary kiln lime is used to soften water. Hard water requires more soap and synthetic detergents for home laundry and washing, and it contributes to scaling in pipes, appliances, and industrial equipment.
The Procurement Division issued an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for rotary kiln lime on March 12, 2018. The ITB was published on the City's website through Public Purchase, the City's e-bidding provider, which notified 42 potential bidders; 25 accessed the ITB.
Two (2) bids were received: Lhoist North America and Mississippi Lime Company. Mississippi Lime Company submitted the lowest bid, met the minimum requirements of the ITB, and was the only bidder to respond with pricing for all three required years. Mississippi Lime is the current contractor. The Water Department has been satisfied with their service and quality of product.
Price agreements establish set prices that remain in effect for a designated period of time. This allows City departments to use the agreements in the performance of their operations without requiring a bid process each time a service or commodity is required.