- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chairman of a water supplier that serves four rural northwest Arkansas counties says it’s running a deficit each month.

He says that the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority likely will begin relying on credit to make up the difference by the end of January.

The water authority spends an average of about $147,700 per month. It’s nearly $27,000 more than it receives in income.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Ifsvgi ) reports the shortfall comes after months of nonpayment from two of the authority’s 18 members. One of the towns resumed payments in September but still owes the water authority almost $65,000 in overdue charges. Chairman Andy Anderson of the water authority board says the other member has an outstanding balance of around $451,000.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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