April 11,2005

Town pleads guilty to three water system operation charges

ALLISTON, ONT-The town of New Tecumseth last week pleaded guilty to three charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and was fined a total of $11,500, plus victim fine surcharges The town owns and operates the communal drinking water system in Alliston, Ontario. A Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspection in January 2003 found several OWRA violations relating to the operation of the water system. Further inspection confirmed that previous incidents of low chlorine in the drinking water had not been reported to the ministry. The town was also found to have failed to provide the minimum amount of training to all of its operators as required by OWRA regulation 435/9. Charges were laid in connection with all of these infractions. The town of New Tecumseth was fined a total of $11,500, plus victim fine surcharges, after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to report an adverse water quality indicator as required by OWRA regulation 459/00. A guilty plea was also entered on the charge of failing to provide a minimum of 40 hours per year training to all of its operators, contrary to regulation 435/93 under the act. A suspended sentence was handed down for this single violation.

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