The purchasing department provides the District with reliable quality service and materials in a timely manner using ethical procurement standards; maintains the warehouse and inventory; prepares and administers District public works contracts and professional service agreements; and identifies and disposes of surplus equipment and vehicles.

The District requires that all transactions be pre-authorized with a valid purchase order (PO) number. No employee shall purchase goods or services without prior authorization. Transactions without a PO could delay payment. Always request a PO number and include it on your invoice. Purchases of less than $5,000 require non-competitive negotiation. Purchases of $5,001 to $9,999 require a minimum of two verbal quotations. Purchases of $10,000 to $19,999 require two written quotations. Orders of $20,000 to $49,999 require three written quotations. Orders of $50,000 or more require three written quotations and approval by OCWD's board of directors.

Regular invoices for items purchased by PO, contract, inter-agency agreement, board authorization and other types of standard invoices are paid 30 days after receipt of invoice. Cash discount terms may be taken when appropriate.

Please mail invoices to the address below or email them to 
   Orange County Water District
   Accounts Payable Department
   P.O. Box 20845
   Fountain Valley, CA 92728-0845

For questions, please contact Purchasing Manager Bonnie Howard via email or by phone at (714) 378-3258.