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Audits of Local Governments and School Districts

Upper Mohawk Valley Regional Water Board – Water Accountability (2015M-300)

Released: February 5, 2016 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of our audit was to examine the Authority’s procedures for monitoring water accountability and addressing water loss for the period January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.


The Upper Mohawk Valley Regional Water Board was created in 1994 under New York State Public Authority Law. The Authority, which acquired title to the City of Utica’s water system in 1996, is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors. Operating expenditures for the nine months ending December 31, 2014 totaled approximately $15 million.

Key Finding

  • Although the Authority is proactive in identifying and addressing unaccounted-for water, 43 percent of the water produced in 2014 was unaccounted-for.

Key Recommendation

  • Continue efforts to investigate causes of excessive water loss and take appropriate action to reduce water loss and costs.

Local Government and School Accountability Contact Information:

Phone: (518) 474-4037; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability
110 State Street, 12th Floor; Albany, NY 12236