City water system already employs good asset management practices [Letter]

December 30, 2013

In his letter to the editor ("City water needs a new business plan," Dec. 26), Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union identifies better asset management as a way for Baltimore to better manage its water system and save money.

The Asset Management Division in the Bureau of Water and Wastewater is already helping Baltimore water customers get the most from their investment. This division considers the condition of our pipes, as well as the impacts of a possible infrastructure failure on neighborhoods, critical users, and the environment, in selecting how to best use our resources. It is led by a professional engineer with years of experience in the private sector.

Mr. Sepp also cites the support for his proposal from the Mayors Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Again, Baltimore is way ahead of him: our own Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is co-chair of the council and is a strong supporter of our work to update Baltimore's water infrastructure and operations. Progress takes an investment of time and money. We are always striving to make sure our customers get the best return on this investment.

Rudolph S. Chow, Baltimore

The writer is head of the Baltimore City Baltimore City Department of Public Works Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

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