KUB purchases a wide variety of goods, materials, and equipment to support the construction, operation, and maintenance of its utility systems. KUB also contracts for services to supplement its workforce and to acquire expertise in areas not available in-house. KUB encourages participation by minority-owned and women-owned businesses.  Here is a list of some of the major commodity and service categories that KUB purchases:

  • Chemicals
  • Computer equipment
  • Fleet equipment
  • Gas pipe and fittings
  • Metering equipment
  • Office furniture
  • Overhead electric materials
  • Safety equipment
  • Substation equipment
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Water pipe and fittings
  • Construction services for electric, gas, water, and wastewater systems
  • Plant maintenance
  • Engineering Support


In general, KUB seeks competitive bids or proposals in the procurement process. Depending on the dollar value, the competitive bids may be in the form of phone quotations, informal written quotations, formal sealed bids, or formal sealed proposals.