Governor Brown Approves Assembly Bill 2551, Which Broadens Public Contracting Options for Surface Water Storage Projects

November 2016

California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 27, Number 2

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2551 (AB 2551) on September 28, 2016. The bill aims to streamline the construction of local agency water storage projects. Specifically, the bill allows water storage projects to utilize alternative methods of public contract procurement that are intended to speed up the contracting process. Rather than requiring that a storage project’s bids for design and construction occur in two distinct phases, the bill provides greater flexibility to a local entity and new options for contracting. These new contracting options include allowing local agencies to procure both design and construction services from a single company or, alternatively, choosing a construction manager to provide pre-construction services during design and who later becomes the general contractor.

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