Roughly, 13 million households in the US rely on private wells for their drinking water. These households are responsible for ensuring that their own water is safe enough to drink. APHL seeks a technical writer to create a guidance document of approximately 25 pages detailing testing requirements for private wells. The document will include, but not be limited to, recommendations on frequency, analytes and sampling, and guidance on interpreting results for private well owners. 

The first draft of the document must be received at APHL no later than ​5:00 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2019. A second phase of this project may follow, pending availability of funding, after that date.


Interested parties must submit a proposal to APHL that provides all of the information specified in the Proposal Requirements section below. In order to be considered, complete proposals must be submitted no later than the Proposed Due Date specified in the Anticipated RFP Schedule section below. Applicants will find proposal submission information in the Response Submittal section below.
Scope of Work
The selected applicant will be expected to do the following:
  1. Plan and write a Private Well guidance document of approximately 25 pages:
  2. Research and consult with APHL staff and subject matter experts to become familiar with private well testing, member laboratory activities and APHL style guidelines;
  3. Select diagrams, charts and photographs to enhance the document;
  4. Maintain records and files of work and revisions.

Response Submittal

APHL must receive a complete proposal by no later than 5:00 pm EST on April 5, 2019. Applicants must send proposals via email to eh@aphl.org.

APHL will send an email acknowledging the receipt of your proposal. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 72 hours, please email brianna.carey@aphl.org to confirm receipt.

Anticipated Schedule

Applications are due to eh@aphl.org by 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on April 5, 2019. APHL anticipates the following schedule for the entire competitive bidding process:

March 28, 2019     APHL Issues RFP

April 5, 2019          Complete proposals due to eh@aphl.org by 5:00 pm EST

April 6, 2019          Proposal Review 

April 12, 2019        APHL posts names of the selected applicant(s) to procurement site, www.aphl.org/rfp.

If APHL makes any modification to this anticipated schedule, it will post the change to APHL’s procurement site, www.aphl.org/rfp.


The proposal should be kept to a maximum of 15 pages. Any documents included as an appendix are not included in the 15-page count. The applicant must include the following in their response:

  1. A company profile or individual credentials;
  2. A description of the applicant’s ex​perience in producing materials that include highly technical or scientific content;
  3. A description of two (2) past projects that best reflect the applicant’s work and relevancy to this project (examples of materials may be included as an appendix);
  4. Reference information from two (2) former or current clients. Include company name, contact person’s name, contact person’s phone number and/or email address, and a description of product delivered;
  5. A description of the individual or team that will be assigned to this project, including each person’s role (resume’s or CVs should be included as an appendix);
  6. ​A description of the applicant’s project management and product development process.​

Request for Proposal Materials

The Request For Proposal (RFP) provides details about this RFP​. The RFP contains a copy of the Evalutaion criteria that will be used for evaluation of proposals.​​


Please direct all questions regarding this RFP or its requirements via email to Brianna Carey at brianna.carey@aphl.org, with a copy to Julianne Nassif at julianne.nassif@aphl.org.