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December 21, 2014

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Water agencies laying off 101 workers in reorganization

The Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District announced an organization-wide staff reduction today that will result in 101 people losing their jobs.

In addition to laying off 7.5 percent of its staff, the agencies will also eliminate 54 vacant positions.

The laid-off employees are being notified this week.

They will receive their salaries and benefits until June 19, as part of their severance package, SNWA spokesman Scott Huntley said. The companies will also be offering professional assistance to help impacted workers find other jobs.

The layoffs are part of an organizational overhaul to become economically sustainable after the recession, Huntley said.

“This difficult but necessary action today will streamline the organizational structure, placing both LVVWD and SNWA on a sustainable financial path,” Huntley said in a statement.

With less money available for expansion projects, the agencies are restructuring to focus more on operations and maintenance.

As a result, the layoffs will mainly impact engineers and other employees involved in expansion projects, Huntley said.

The move will save more than $14 million, officials said. Since 2008, the water organizations have eliminated nearly 400 positions, as well as nonpermanent and contractor staff, Huntley said.

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