February 2, 2004

Municipality pleads guilty to failing to report adverse water quality test results

LONDON, ONT-The Corporation of the Municipality of Thames Centre was fined $25,000 and levied a 25% victim fine surcharge after pleading guilty to three charges related to failing to report adverse water quality test results. Regulation 459/00 under the Ontario Water Resources Act requires the reporting adverse water quality test results to the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and to the medical officer of health. The municipality was fined $15,000 for failing to notify the MOE immediately that the level of free chlorine residual had fallen below 0.05 milligrams per litre (mg/L) in the water distribution system for the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) licence office in Dorchester. A $10,000 fine was imposed for Thames Centre's failure to notify the MOE immediately that the level of free chlorine residual had fallen below 0.05 mg/L in the Dorchester community pool; both offences took place in July 2001. A suspended sentence was handed down for a further charge of failing to report adverse water quality test results for the MOT's licence office in Dorchester, also in July 2001.
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