February 11, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach Internal Auditor’s draft report on the operations of the East Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility (ECR) has been released.
The 53-page draft city report sent to members of the city’s audit committee covers several areas of the plant from inventory control to security procedures. It includes several recommendations on how to improve operations.
The ECR plant is not owned by the city, but it is operated by city employees. It handles waste water, but is not involved in providing drinking water to the city.
The internal auditor picked nineteen specific areas to focus attention and make recommendations. Of those nineteen, every one has already been addressed by management, and in almost every case changes have either already been made or changes are in the process of being made.
As a result, the auditor concluded “management has displayed a strong commitment to improving internal controls and the control environment at the ECRWRF plant. Weaknesses identified throughout the audit process have been addressed and, since we began our review, management has made significant leadership changes and re-organized staff to improve the working environment and quality of leadership at the plant and over the Public Utilities Department.”
“We welcome the report and thank our auditor for doing such a thorough job,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This is exactly how the system is supposed to work. Having someone from outside the plant take a critical eye to operations is so important and as a result we have been able to improve procedures and conditions.”
The draft report will be formally presented to the city’s audit committee at its next meeting before being finalized.