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Ottawa Company Fined $35,000 for Drinking Water System and Sewage Work Violations

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Ottawa Company Fined $35,000 for Drinking Water System and Sewage Work Violations

Brockville - Following an investigation, 7064512 Canada Ltd. and Tony Guiseppe Coccimiglio were fined $35,000 for failing to comply with regulatory requirements and a ministry order involving a drinking water system and a ministry approval for a municipal sewage works, contrary to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act,respectively.

7064512 Canada Ltd. is a company based in Ottawa and Mr. Coccimiglio was the operator in charge for the Westport drinking water system.

Ministry staff conducted inspections of the Westport drinking water system. The inspections revealed that the operator's certificate for Mr. Coccimiglio was not displayed as required. The log book for the facility was not available during the inspection.

There also were missing entries and data for the entire facility and the alarm for the low chlorine residual was improperly set. They also failed to comply with a ministry order to report the daily minimum free chlorine residual results and provided false information that the minimum chlorine residual was always above 1 mg/L when in fact it had fallen below that level on numerous occasions.

The company was fined a total of $20,000 and Mr. Coccimiglio was fined a total of $15,000 for a total of $35,000 plus victim fine surcharges totaling $8,750. Both were given six months to pay the fines.

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