Document describes the major template elements of a comprehensive statement of work (SOW) for a facility-level water assessment. Federal agencies are encouraged to use the Template for a Comprehensive Water Assessment Statement of Work document to develop a strong SOW—especially when developing contracts with water contractors. The document features useful tips and direction on including the following elements in the SOW.
The statement of work scope should clearly define all sources of water, including potable and industrial, landscaping, and agricultural water uses. These categories should be treated separately in the assessment and specified as such in the SOW.
The SOW should include specific qualifications the contractor needs to have. These include:
- Demonstrated past performance in identifying water conservation measures that have resulted in water efficiency projects at federal installations
- Field experience related to water management services at federal installations, including a specific length of time working in the water management field (e.g., at least 5 years)
- Applicable certifications such as Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Partner, Irrigation Association Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor, or Accredited Green Plumber through the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
- Demonstrated knowledge of federal water policy and mandated requirements.Assessment Phases: It is important that the SOW define the distinct phases of the water efficiency evaluation. Typically, there are four phases in a comprehensive water evaluation:
- Background, development, and preparation
- Walk-through audits
- Water balance assessment
- Water efficiency investigation and economic analysis.
Deliverables and Schedule
Key deliverables and the time expected to accomplish these deliverables is critical to a sound SOW and successful assessment. The evaluation should provide interim deliverables that can be used to measure progress. A final report should be required that provides key information the facility needs to accomplish its objectives or meet requirements.