CEI Makes Case For Competitive Bidding For Water Infrastructure
Speaking before the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association Annual Meeting, Dr. Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, made the case for opening up the bidding process for water infrastructure systems throughout North America.
“Let the best technology win,” as municipalities decide the future of their underground water networks CEI contends in an extensive report released at the PVC Pipe Association’s meeting. Such an open competitive process is currently in use by the Agricultural Department for rural water systems, and the CEI report notes that this should serve as a template for federal, state, and local government agencies to set specifications for truly competitive bidding.
Such a system will create strict environmental and safety standards, but allows manufacturers and suppliers of competing materials and technologies to vie for contracts. Sustainable PVC water infrastructure systems will compete very well from a cost, durability, and life-cycle standpoint with risky old fashioned iron and cement pipe systems.