Under fire for furnishing customers with discolored water, Southwest Ouachita Waterworks had a significant finding in its 2013 audit by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) – “Noncompliance with Established Internal Controls Over Cash Disbursements.”
Wrote the auditor:
Criteria: The water system’s internal control over cash disbursements require that aboard member review invoices for payment and document this review by initialing the invoice.
Condition: During my test of expenses, I noted that 8 out of 40 invoices examined were not initialed by a
Effect: The failure to properly review invoices for payment could result in payments for unauthorized goods or
Recommendation: I recommend that board members signing checks review and initial all invoices paid.
See here the complete document.
The 2014 audit has not been published.
Several area residents attended the 4/20/15 meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to vent about the system’s problems.
According to other area media – specifically the Mayo Mouthpiece – Southwest customers are still experiencing problems with discolored water.
Also, the Ouachita Citizen has reported that the Louisiana Public Service Commission is recommending a 29% rate increase for residential customers of Southwest.