Thursday, February 20, 2014

DWSD: Cooking the Books?

Or trashing the books?  Maybe it's no longer a question of cooking the books.  Maybe the books are beyond cooking.  Cooking the books means dissembling, hiding something under a false appearance, deceiving.  Maybe DWSD hasn't kept  records accurate enough to support an audit.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) didn’t publish its annual audit report last year and now refuses to furnish its wholesale customers in the suburbs with the financial information they need to assess a pending proposal for a regional water authority.  Omitting an annual audit is shirking a duty, dereliction of duty.  

Who's responsible?  DWSD's director is Sue McCormick.  But she may be no more than a puppet for Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency manager.

I googled "DWSD annual audit."  What appeared to be the most pertinent result was Detroit Water and Sewerage Department - Financials 

Didn't see any mention of a 2013 annual audit report.  It said, "The Financials page is a listing of annual report, bond and financial statements. This information is provided to show DWSD's overall performance. For a copy of DWSD's Annual Reports or other documents not listed below, please email your request to "

So I sent an email request.  I'll update this post if and when I get a response.

In the meantime, those reading this post may want to make inquiries of their own.

UPDATE:  Received the following response from DWSD, "Thank you for your email.  The Water and Sewerage Department welcomes your comments and requests.  Please be advised the 2013 Annual Report has not been released by the City of Detroit. Unfortunately, a time frame is not available."


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