PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — The Iberville Parish Council has unanimously abolished Waterworks District No. 2, placing day-to-day water service operations for east Iberville residents under the jurisdiction of the parish Utility Department.

Council Chairman Matt Jewell tells The Advocate the parish will have to absorb the water district's outstanding debt, now amounting to some $2.1 million. Jewell says the water district, which serves more than 2,000 customers, has about $2 million in its cash accounts.

The council was compelled to make Tuesday's decision after reports of questionable financial practices by the water district's former employees were listed in recent audit reports covering the 2011 fiscal year.