Water woes: Another reason for a district

It was another reminder that the city’s water plant is not a major money maker.

According to an audit done by Johnson Mackowiak and Associates, in 2013, the city’s water and wastewater revenues decreased by more than $200,000. These losses were due to the downsizing of a major Dunkirk business.

“That loss between water and wastewater has been factored into this year’s budget for projected revenue,” said city Treasurer Mark Woods. “We didn’t know it for 2013 but in preparation for this year’s budget those revenues were reduced because of the loss mainly because of Carriage House. We will not have that deficit. … The way it looks right now we should not have that same deficit.”

Lower water revenues is one more reason a regional water district, which is currently being explored, benefits area residents, including city users.