July 10, 2006

Water system owner, laboratory each fined $14K for failing to report adverse results

WINDSOR, ONT-Windsor Utilities Commission and Enwin Utilities were each been fined $14,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge in connection with failing to notify the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) ministry of an adverse water quality sampling result as required by regulation 459, section 8 of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA). The Enwin Utilities laboratory conducts regular testing and analysis of drinking water samples from Windsor Utilities Commission's water treatment and distribution system, which serves the city of Windsor and neighbouring communities. An inspection of the water system by the MOE in December 2001 revealed that on five dates between July 9 and September 17 of that year, the ministry had not been notified of sample analysis results indicating levels of free chlorine residual below the required concentration. Free chlorine residuals must be at or above the specified level to ensure that there is no bacterial contamination in the drinking water. A subsequent investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement Branch led to charges. Both Windsor Utilities and Enwin Utilities pleaded guilty to one count of failing to notify the ministry of an adverse water quality result.

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