MWDBE Plan Overview

Policy Statement:

It is the policy of Capital Region Water to ensure that minority, women and other disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBE) have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in all project related construction contracts.


It is the intent of Capital Region Water to:

  • Ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of contracts;
  • Create a level playing field on which minority, women, veteran, service-disabled-veteran, and LGBT-owned business enterprises can compete fairly for Capital Region Water contracts and subcontracts;
  • Help remove barriers to the participation of minority, women, veteran, service-disabled veteran, and LGBT-owned business enterprises;
  • and to assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of this program.

Plan Summary:

A draft MWDBE Plan was developed by Capital Region Water in 2016 and opened to a thirty-day public comment period. Revisions were made to the Plan based on public comments received and a Plan was approved by Capital Region Water’s Board of Directors on September 28, 2016.  Find the full Plan document here.


This Plan applies to all construction contracts that exceed the bidding threshold established for municipal authorities in Pennsylvania ($20,100 in 2018).

Minimum Participation Levels (MPLs)

Capital Region Water will establish minimum participation levels (MPLs) for the MBEs, WBEs and other DBEs on a project-by-project basis. The MPLs will be established for each prime bid to be used solely as a guide in determining Prime Bidder responsibility. MPLs are applied to prime contractor projects as a whole and to each bid category. The MPLs will vary based on the market availability of subcontracting opportunities for MBEs, WBEs and other DBEs that matches the scope of work, on a project-by-project basis with separate participation levels for the MBEs, WBEs and other DBEs categories.

Full Plan Document