The purpose of the MWRD’s Affirmative Action Program is to mitigate the present effects of discrimination based on race, ethnicity or sex in opportunities to participate on the MWRD’s contracts and to achieve equitable utilization of M/WBEs in Certifications and Compliance.

The mission is to ensure competitive and equal opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in the aware and performance of MWRD contracts.


Certification Information

In an effort to streamline the bidding and award process, vendors can apply for certification throughout the year.  To initialize the process, complete the vendor application and indicate that you are a minority or woman owned business.  Additionally, we are now accepting the City of Chicago and Cook County certifications.  Supplemental documents will be required depending upon the certifying agency.  To learn more about those requirements, click the appropriate link below:

City of Chicago Certification Document Requirements
Cook County Certification Document Requirements
New Vendor Certification

MWRD Affirmative Action Information

Steps for Doing Business with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD):

1. All vendors should monitor the Contract Announcements section of this website for new opportunities to bid on MWRD contracts or RFPs as a prime contractor / consultant or to prepare scopes of work and prices for subcontract opportunities.

2. Prospective bidders may download Invitation to Bid, Bidding Documents, Additional Documents, Addenda, and Plan Holder Lists on the Contract Announcements page as applicable for each contract currently being advertised.  No fee is required for contract or RFP documents. Any questions regarding the downloading of such documents should be directed to or call (312) 751-6643.  Note: If the link for Contract Announcements is not working properly, please use the following path: (DOING BUSINESS > PROCUREMENT & MATERIALS MANAGEMENT > CONTRACT ANNOUNCEMENTS).  Instructions on how to electronically submit bids will be included in the Invitation to Bid, and further detailed in the full contract documents.

3. Subcontractors should contact plan holders directly to pursue subcontract opportunities with potential bidders.

In order to have your company listed on the MWRD Vendor List: 

  • Fill out the MWRD Vendor Application Form.
  • Submit the completed form to the address listed on the form.
  • Fax a copy of your current MBE/WBE Letter of Certification from the City of Chicago or the Illinois Department of Transportation to:  312-751-4440 Attn: Richard Martinez (the MWRD reserves the right to review any MBE, WBE or SBE included on a successful bid or proposal).

How and Why to do Business with the MWRD - Presented October 14, 2021

MWRD Diversity Presentation
Engineering Department Presentation
MWRD E-Procurement Initiatives


Contact Information for the Diversity Section

Name Title Phone Number
Richard L. Martinez, Jr Acting Diversity Administrator 312-751-4034
Jason Bullock Diversity Officer 312-751-4038
Chase Carthen Diversity Officer 312-751-4043
Fred Fortier Diversity Officer 312-751-4032
Denise Hardney Diversity Officer 312-751-4030
Melanie Hernandez-Ocampo Administrative Clerk 312-751-4045
Ouidie Pollard Diversity Officer 312-751-3029
Kimberly Roscoe Administrative Specialist 312-751-4040
PJ Spencer Senior Diversity Officer 312-751-5876
Malisa Torres Diversity Officer 312-751-5711
Desiree Young Diversity Officer 312-751-4036

Additional Resources:

Chicago Build Expo: The MWRD Diversity Section will be participating as an Exhibitor at the Chicago Build Expo 2023 on Wednesday, October 11 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 12 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at McCormick Place. Please visit Booth #770 in the Government Hub section of the event. Admission is free and open to the public. 

McCormick Place
2301 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Drive, Chicago

MWRD Virtual Vendor Outreach FairThe MWRD's inaugural Virtual Vendor Outreach fair was held on May 11, 2023 to connect MWRD staff with vendors and potential vendors.  The panel discussions held by MWRD staff and industry leading Prime Contractors and Consultants were recorded can be found at

 Affirmative Action Vendor List (Use this search service to get detailed information about an organization that the MWRD already works with.)

Assist Agencies List

Affirmative Action Plan

Affirmative Action Requirements Appendix C

Affirmative Action Ordinance Appendix D - Revised December 31, 2022

Affirmative Action Ordinance Appendix D - Revised June 2, 2022

Declaration of Policy, Special Provisions for Apprenticeships Appendix K

Affirmative Action Appendix A

Affirmative Action Appendix V

PRiSM Compliance Management  - Vendor Assistance

LGBTBE Survey 

BEPD Survey