Lowering Costs in Water Infrastructure through Procurement Reform: A Strategy for State Governments

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Every year in North America, 300,000 water main breaks threaten the safety of our communities and place enormous financial burdens on states already struggling to balance budgets. In fact, over the next 20 years, America will need to spend an estimated $3.8 trillion to upgrade our outdated water and waste water infrastructure.

To help states face this daunting task, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force has released Lowering Costs in Water Infrastructure through Procurement Reform: A Strategy for State Governments.

This publication highlights how open and competitive procurement practices can help states lower their water and waste water infrastructure costs. The free-market approach allows states and municipalities to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of different materials, lower costs and create longer lasting infrastructure.

For more information on open and competitive bidding processes, contact Cara Sullivan, Director of ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, at 571-482-5031 or csullivan@alec.org.

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