September 24, 2007

Well system owner fined $20K for violating Safe Drinking Water Act

LINDSAY, ONT-Verabay Investments was fined $20,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to a charge under Ontario's Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 (SDWA). Verabay Investments owns the Kennedy Bay Communal Well System in the city of Kawartha Lakes. On March 24, 2004, at the request of the Ministry of Environment (MOE), a company representative met with a drinking water inspector for a site inspection of the well system. The inspection found the system owner to be out of compliance with several requirements of the SDWA. It was determined that the owners had abandoned the system and had left it in a state of disrepair. The MOE consequently issued an order requiring the owners to submit an action plan outlining how the company would bring the well system back into compliance with the SDWA by June 25, 2004. As of December 22, 2006, however, the company had not complied with the order. After an investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch, Verabay Investments was charged on December 2, 2005, with violating regulation 170/03 under the SDWA by failing to submit an action plan outlining what measures would be taken to ensure compliance with the sampling, maintenance, operational checks and adverse test reporting requirements set out in the regulation. The company has been given one year to pay the fine and surcharge.

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