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IRWD Purchasing Team Wins Honors

The Irvine Ranch Water District has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute for thetenth consecutive year. The award is given to organizations that score high in levels of innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes of the procurement function. Being efficient with time and money helps keep IRWD rates among the lowest in Orange County.

“Winning this prestigious award for a tenth year is thrilling,” said Alex Aguilar, IRWD Purchasing Manager.  “It validates the fact that the District is dedicated to constantly improving how we do business and challenges us to continue to lead the industry with our efficient and effective purchasing practices.”

Whether it’s a water meter or a ream of paper, the IRWD Purchasing Department is ready to procure and manage thousands of items needed to keep the District up and running daily. Since IRWD provides drinking water, wastewater treatment, recycled water and urban runoff cleanup, the 10-member team needs to be knowledgeable in all aspects of the water business. Being prepared for quick access to the right products and services saves time and money. This award showcases IRWD’s success in maintaining a fine balance between having the right supply level so District resources aren’t tied up in excess inventory and making sure that materials don’t have the chance to become outdated.

The National Program to Benchmark Organizational Excellence in Procurement - In 1995, the National Purchasing Institute established a program designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement.  The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) is awarded annually.  This prestigious award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria.  The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization.

Companies/vendors with interest in doing business with IRWD can get prequalified on the District’s website or contact the IRWD Purchasing Department at (949) 453-5718 or purchasingdept@irwd.com

 

Purchasing Manager Alex Aguilar, center, holds the award and is flanked by, from left, General Manager Paul Jones, Board Members John Withers, Mary Aileen Matheis, Peer Swan and Steve LaMar and Director of Administrative Services Tony Mossbarger.

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