Audit: Cincinnati sewer district plagued by poor oversight

CINCINNATI (AP) — An audit of Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District finds that the agency was beset by poor oversight and violated city policies for years while wasting hundreds of millions of public dollars.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports auditors have recommended that their findings be submitted to the Ohio Ethics Commission to determine whether city or sewer district officials broke ethics laws.

The audit, launched in February, found that several facets of MSD’s operations have been ineffective for years. The auditing team wrote that a breakdown of checks and balances led to significant problems and that the agency’s leadership “regularly deviated” from city rules.

City Manager Harry Black says he’s confident that the necessary steps have been taken to lead to what he calls “a more effective and efficient MSD.”


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,