(Second part of the report. Please see first part below.)
SINCLAIRVILLE-Since seven of every ten gallons of potable water are not accounted for, the Village of Sinclairville not only wastes a resource, it also quite literally puts money, in the unrecovered costs of providing sanitary water, down the drain, according to a NY State audit released Friday.
How much money? The auditors can only guess, because there is at present no way to determine how many gallons are delivered to users who aren’t metered and pay only the minimum charge every three months. In it’s response to the audit the village also admitted there is now no way to account for leaks in the system and how much water is used for flushing the system.
Another unrecovered cost is the estimated nine cents per thousand gallons of water for various chemicals used to treat the 27.3 million gallons that aren’t “sold” each year. Auditors estimate this unreimbursed amount is $2,500 annually.
Then there are 43 customers who are charged the quarterly minimum of $61.50 although the actual amount of consumption is unknown because their meters don’t work or, in seven cases, there is no meter. Auditors noted the average quarterly charge to metered consumers was about $71, which indicates $1,600 annually is not collected.
One approach is simply to subtract what was collected in the latest fiscal year,$73,500,from the cost of providing all the water,$80,788, which results in a loss of $7,288.
(Monday we will report on accounts in arrears and Mayor Tami Berg’s response to the audit.)