Results of Independent Audit of District Billing System and Procedures

In response to concerns raised by residents at the October 1, 2015, special meeting of the Board of Directors (the “Board”), regarding unusually high water usage and utility bills in the August and September 2015 timeframe, a self-selected committee of residents recommended and the Board decided to engage BDO to conduct an independent audit of the District’s billing system and procedures performed by the District’s Operator, Environmental Development Partners.

The Board reviewed BDO’s Phase 1 report, which is available through the link below, at its January 13, 2016, meeting. The report provides that BDO observed the meter reading process, obtained the billing data for each District customer for the time period November 1, 2014, through October 31, 2015, and ran diagnostic tests on the August and September 2015 billing cycles. The report states that no issues or exceptions were identified with the meter reading process and the billing system and procedures.

BDO has prepared a Phase 2 proposal, which provides for BDO to run full diagnostic tests for all billing cycles during the previous 24 months and issue a full report to the Board. The Board plans to consider the proposal at its next meeting in February.

The Board would like to thank all of the residents for your input regarding this important matter.

Click here for BDO’s Phase 1 report.

Oyster Creek Dredging and Desilting Operations by Gulf Coast Water Authority

Beginning January, 2016 the Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA) will be working on a dredging and desilting project in Long Meadow Farms in their easement along Oyster Creek. The project will include the dredging and cleaning of Oyster Creek to improve water flow and capacity of the water way. Work will commence on the West (upstream) side of Long Meadow Farms, and on the North side of Oyster Creek. Work efforts will move East (downstream) as the project progresses. GCWA will be working on both the North and South sides of Oyster Creek within the GCWA easement throughout this process. Dredge spoil removed from Oyster Creek will be spread along the creek’s bank within the GCWA easement for drying which is estimated to take six months to a year depending on weather conditions. Once the spoil material has dried, it will be spread and leveled along the banks of the creek. Use of the trail along the creek should not be impacted.

For inquiries related to this project please contact Gulf Coast Water Authority during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 6:30 AM – 5:00 PM, by phone at 281-331-3137 or David Hudson at 281-932-1047.