The Oct. 30 story Water main break in Miami Beach blocks Alton Road traffic is a red flag that our current water management systems need to be overhauled. If we don’t make changes, such as like including more competition in how the area’s water systems are managed, taxpayers and ratepayers will end up paying exorbitant utility bills and huge liabilities.
A recent study conducted by the National Taxpayers Union found that almost a half-trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next four decades if processes like the adoption of open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management are incorporated.
It’s time for our leaders to become more proactive in supporting fiscally responsible approaches to water policy across the United States.
Pete Sepp, executive vice president, National Taxpayers Union, Alexandria, Va.