Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Working with Professionals

As you assess your community’s wastewater needs and available options, you will probably need to consult and work with many different people and groups. Some of these people may be biased toward particular technologies or options. The ability to recognize these biases can help the steering committee or task force address community concerns. Resources on this page can help your community identify guidelines for hiring consultants, screening proposals, interviewing consultant candidates and how to involve the community in this process.

Working With Professionals
Chapter 7 in the Small Community Wastewater Solutions book designed to help your task force work with the broad spectrum of consultants you may need to assist you as you work to meet your community wastewater needs. It includes guidelines for selecting a qualified consultant who will fit into your community effort, and help you develop and evaluate proposals.

Biases When Working With Professionals (.pps)
A Power Point slide show with tips on working with professionals, understanding biases.

Sample Request for Qualifications and Preliminary Proposals (RFQPP) for The Planning and Design of Wastewater Facilities (.pdf)
Sample letter communities may adapt to request qualifications and preliminary proposals from engineers.

Sample Letter to Professionals Seeking Bids to Perform Site Evaluations
Two sample letters communities may adapt to request bids from professionals for site evaluations in your community.

Sample Consultant Interview Questions

Generic Ranking System for Interviewing Engineers or Consultants

Questions to Ask a Consulting Firm’s References

“Choose the Right Consultant for your Wastewater Project"
Pipeline, Winter 1997, Vol. 8, No. 1.
National Small Flows Clearinghouse, West Virginia University, Morgantown.

How to Hire an Engineer

Various agencies and assistance organizations have experience assisting communities in the engineer selection process. Here are a few.

The Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) has prepared a document to assist communities when selecting an engineer.
How To Hire an Engineer (.pdf)

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a manual, Wastewater Options for Small Communities in Kansas. Several chapters are applicable for Minnesota small communities, particularly:
Chapter 9 - How to Hire an Engineer (.pdf)

The Rensselaerville Institute Publications
Selecting Your Engineer: How to Find the Best Consultant for Small Town Water and Wastewater Projects
Jane W. Schautz and Christopher M. Conway, 1998.

The Self-help Handbook for Small Town Water and Wastewater Projects
Order from:
The Rensselaerville Institute
63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12147

Evaluation Criteria for Assessing Engineering Firms (.pdf)

Training, Registration and Licensing

OSTP Workshop Schedule and Online Enrollment

MPCA SSTS Licensing, Individual Certification, and Enforcement>>

List of ISTS Designers that are Professional Engineers or Soil Scientists (.xls)