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Voice: Many savings, much accountability in IID efficiency study

October 09, 2001

The recent Imperial Irrigation District efficiency study has identified numerous opportunities for the district to save millions of dollars annually ($20 to $30 million).

The study calls for much-needed accountability to be put in place within the system, fixes for the SAP computer system, reduction in vehicles, maximum utilization of the labor pool, controls on projects to avoid cost overruns, elimination of division offices and using attrition for reducing the labor force.

Certainly, all the recommendations are not the most palatable, especially to the IID employees. But we must not lose sight of the significant savings and improvements that can be captured through the thoughtful implementation of the study because of politics and drama.

There are many excellent IID employees with great ideas to become more efficient. They will be an important part of the team in reaching our mutual goal of a more efficient and effective IID. The future success of our businesses and the livelihoods of all of us, rate-payers and IID employees, depend upon it. It's just good business for everyone.

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We commend the IID Board of Directors for coming this far and encourage them to do the right thing with proceeding to implement the opportunities for savings. Certainly, the recommendations will not be implemented verbatim and will take time. In the long run, we all stand to benefit from a highly efficient and well run public utility company.

JOHN HAWK

Holtville

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