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Letter: Sewer savings don't add up

A file photo taken on Nov. 14, 2012

A file photo taken on Nov. 14, 2012 shows the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway. Credit: Doug Kuntz

I read "Nassau's sewer switch" [News, Jan. 3], about the private takeover of the Nassau County system. According to the Nassau County official quoted in the article, this "will save taxpayers $11.8 million in 2015."

I don't understand how this could be, since no workers are being laid off. The takeover company, United Water, is being paid $57.4 million annually by Nassau to run the system. This money from the county will, in part, pay sewer system workers who are retained.

All workers not retained, according to this article, will be "reassigned to vacant positions elsewhere in the county." Thus Nassau taxpayers will be paying the salaries of the sewer workers through the payments to United Water and will also be paying the salaries of the workers no longer working for the sewer system.

In addition, I assume United Water is making a profit on this deal, so taxpayers are also paying for that. Could someone please explain how the taxpayers are saving money?

Barry Schwartz, East Meadow