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December 22, 2014

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Competition is key to our water needs

The recent water main break in North Las Vegas (“Dozens in North Las Vegas without water after main,” Sept. 11) should serve as a wake-up call.

If taxpayers and ratepayers want to avoid unaffordable utility bills and huge liabilities, they must insist now on more competition in the way public officials manage the water systems.

According to a study released by the National Taxpayers Union, roughly half a trillion dollars could be saved over the next four decades by adopting techniques such as open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management.

It’s time for community leaders here and across the nation to be more proactive in embracing fiscally responsible approaches to water policy.

The writer is executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union.

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