July 16, 2007

Drinking water violations lead to $84K fine for Timmins

TIMMINS, ONT-The city of Timmins was fined $84,000 and levied a victim fine surcharge, after pleading guilty to eleven charges relating to the operation of its residential drinking water system. The municipally-owned system includes the Shaw Township well water supply system, McDonald Lake water supply treatment and storage works and the Timmins water filtration plant. Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspections of these facilities between February 2004 and March 2005 revealed violations that were referred to the Ministry's investigations and enforcement branch for further investigation. The city was subsequently charged under the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act and pleaded guilty to:

*two counts of failing to install chemically-assisted filtration or to connect to an alternate water supply;

*one count of failing to complete work necessary to meet the requirements of the Procedure for Disinfection of Drinking Water in Ontario;

*one count of failing to ensure the provision of water treatment equipment capable of achieving primary disinfection at all times, also in accordance with the drinking water disinfection procedure;

*two counts of failing to undertake required monitoring and water sampling

*one count of failing to maintain a well at all times

*two counts of failing to install, maintain and operate continuous water quality analysers with alarms; and

*two counts of failing to comply with a Provincial Officer order. The city was given six months to pay the fine.

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