April 18, 2005

Town of Tiny pleads guilty to six OWRA charges, levied $21K in fines

BARRIE, ONT-The Township of Tiny last week pleaded guilty to six charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and was fined a total of $21,500, plus victim fine surcharges. The town owns and operates 19 communal drinking water systems serving approximately 10,000 residents in Simcoe County. In December 2002, a Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspection revealed a number of violations of legislation relating to the operation of the water systems within the township. The ministry subsequently confirmed that Tiny failed to sample for nitrite as required by Ontario regulation 459/00 under the OWRA. The town also failed to comply with a provincial officer's order requiring preparation of a comprehensive operations and maintenance manual by a specified date. The manual was not completed and Tiny was charged accordingly. The town of Tiny pleaded guilty to five counts of failing to sample for nitrate at five separate water distribution systems, contrary to section 7 of Regulation 459/00. A $3,500 fine, plus victim fine surcharges, was imposed for each charge. The town was fined another $4,000, plus victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to one count of failing to comply with a provincial officer's order, contrary to Section 107(2) of the OWRA.

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