R Sheet on Water Infrastructure Procurement

Key Points

Outdated rules that mandate particular materials for water infrastructure increase costs and water rates.
Implementing open-procurement practices that lack these mandates could yield cost savings from 26 to 39 percent.
State public-private partnership (P3) offices are well positioned to coordinate and advise municipal-procurement reform.
Legislative staff are positioned to compile procurement reform options as part of capital-budgeting processes.

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