Article 88. Sacramento County Water Agency of California Public Contract Code >> Division 2. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 1.5. >> Article 88.

The provisions of this article shall apply to contracts by the Sacramento County Water Agency, as provided for in Chapter 10 of the Statutes of the 1952 First Extraordinary Session.
The agency shall have the power to make contracts, employ labor and to do all acts necessary for the full exercise of its purposes and powers. The board of directors of the agency may cause construction or other work to be performed or carried out by contracts or by the agency under its own superintendents as hereinafter provided.
(a) All contracts for the construction of any unit of work, except as provided in this article, estimated to cost in excess of three thousand dollars ($3,000), shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder in the manner provided in this article. The board of directors of the agency shall advertise pursuant to Section 6066 of the Government Code in a newspaper of general circulation published in the agency's jurisdiction inviting sealed proposals for the construction of the work before any contract is made, and may let by contract separately any part of the work. The board shall require the successful bidder to file with the board good and sufficient bonds to be approved by the board conditioned upon the faithful performance of the contract and upon the payment of any claims for labor and material and containing the terms and conditions set forth in Title 3 (commencing with Section 9000) of Part 6 of Division 4 of the Civil Code and to be subject to the provisions of that title. The board shall also have the right to reject any bid, in which case the board may advertise for new bids.
  (b) In the event no proposals are received pursuant to advertisement, or where the estimated cost of the work does not exceed three thousand dollars ($3,000), or the work consists of emergency work, the board of directors, by unanimous vote of all members present, may, without advertising for bids, have the work done by force account. In case of an emergency, if notice for bids to let contracts will not be given, the board shall comply with Chapter 2.5 (commencing with Section 22050).
  (c) The agency may purchase in the open market without advertisement for bids, materials and supplies for use in any work either under contract or by force account.
  (d) The provisions of this section have no application to a contract entered into with the United States under the authority of Section 6 of Chapter 10 of the Statutes of the 1952 First Extraordinary Session, or to a contract authorized by a vote of the electorate of the agency.