FOX6 News is still working with our legal team to obtain a copy of an audit of the Birmingham Water Works (BWW).
The BWW refuses to give us a copy citing attorney-client privilege. A copy was leaked to another Birmingham media outlet and posted online. FOX6 News reporter Christy Hutchings has read through this copy and the document accuses the BWWB of wasteful spending, a lack of organization and explains that employees are afraid to deliver bad news to supervisors.
The BWW has issued a statement about the audit, saying they are appalled at the findings. They say that they paid for the audit in an effort to display transparency.
They add that "a number of the outlined issues illustrated in the assessment have already been corrected, some will take a bit longer to address, while others were merely opinion-driven."
General Manager of the BWW Mac Underwood says he's reviewing the audit and will comment at a later date.
Below is the full response from the BWW:
In response to the recent internal assessment conducted by Michael Mason, The Birmingham Water Works Board is, first and foremost, appalled at the report's findings. In an effort to display transparency of our organization's operations, we hired Mr. Mason to conduct this assessment. A number of the outlined issues illustrated in the assessment have already been corrected, some will take a bit longer to address, while others are merely opinion-driven. However, due to the confidentiality of some of the report's information, we are displeased at the manner in which it was improperly and prematurely released without an opportunity for a collective review from our Board of Directors. We will review and address these findings in a responsible and deliberate manner, as originally planned.
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