Long Beach Utilities Department (LBUD) — formerly Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) — makes its purchases under authority granted in the City of Long Beach Charter. The Department purchases most of its materials, supplies, equipment and services through a centralized purchasing system managed by the LBUD Procurement Group.

Our mission is to provide the Department with quality and cost-effective products and services at a fair, competitive price in a timely manner.

The Department is committed to provide maximum opportunities for small, disadvantaged, minority, women and Long Beach business enterprises to compete successfully in supplying our needs for products and services. We do this by placing a high priority on outreach, conducting business workshops, and contacting businesses through trade fairs and local, minority and women business associations.

To remain abreast of the Department’s current Invitations to Bid (ITBs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Request for Qualifications (RFQs), we recommend that you:

  • Regularly visit the City’s Long Beach Buys portal to see a list of LBUD procurement opportunities.
  • Check the classified section of the Long Beach Press Telegram for formal ITBs and RFPs over $200,000.
  • Keep in contact with the analyst of your particular commodity or service.


Visit the City’s website at to acquaint yourself with the City’s purchasing procedures, policies and personnel.


Liza Gutierrez
Support Services Supt.
(562) 570-2466

Armando Arzate
Administrative Analyst II
(562) 570-2406


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