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March 10, 2010 > Union Sanitary District wins purchasing award

Union Sanitary District wins purchasing award

Submitted By Michelle Powell

Union Sanitary District (USD) recently won the National Purchasing Institute's (NPI) Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award recognizes the District's Materials Management Team for demonstrating excellence in the principles and practices of procurement. This is the third consecutive year that USD has received the award. USD is one of only 20 Special Districts in the United States and one of only 41 government agencies in California to achieve the award for 2009.

USD obtained high scores in 19 different performance areas evaluated by the NPI. The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement implementation, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement arm of an organization.

"Our Materials Management Team is dedicated to obtaining goods and services that provide the best value to USD and our customers," says Richard Cortes, Business Services Manager. "They also continue their proactive involvement in the District's emergency preparedness efforts, strategic planning and use of technology to increase efficiency. This award recognizes the many contributions they make to help the USD fulfill its mission to protect our communities and San Francisco Bay."

Union Sanitary District operates a 30 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Union City and provides collection, treatment and disposal services to the Tri-City area. For more information about USD's Materials Management Team and purchasing programs, contact Richard Cortes at (510) 477-7510 or visit the District's website at www.unionsanitary.ca.gov.

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