The Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington fined total of $11,000

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The Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington fined total of $11,000

GUELPH, ON, Dec. 4 - The Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington has been fined a total of $11,000 - plus a 25-percent victim fine surcharge - after pleading guilty to three counts relating to the operation of waterworks in Fergus and Elora. The Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington was fined $5,000 each on two counts of violating Section 8 of Ontario Regulation 459/00, made under the Ontario Water Resources Act, by failing to give notice to the Ministry of the Environment of an adverse water quality result. The Court heard that the Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington did not immediately report adverse water quality results for a sample taken from the Elora water distribution system and for a second sample taken from the Fergus water distribution system. Both samples were collected in August 2002 and were found to have low chlorine residuals, an indication of adverse water quality. Under Section 8 of Regulation 459/00 the owner of a water treatment or distribution system is required to ensure that immediate notice is given if there is an indicator of adverse water quality; the notice must be confirmed in writing within 24 hours. The Court also heard that, on September 21, 2002, the Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington pumped more water than was permitted by the Township's permit to take water. A $1,000 fine was handed down for this violation of Condition 1.3 of the certificate of approval for the Elora water system. The Corporation of the Township of Centre Wellington has subsequently implemented measures to prevent a recurrence of both types of offences. Justice of the Peace Bridget Forster heard the case on December 3, 2003 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph. Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.ene.gov.on.caFor further information: Mark Rabbior, Communications Branch, (416) 314-6666