Christian Horizons Fined $7,000 for Safe Drinking Water Violation
Orillia - Christian Horizons was fined $7,000 for being the owner of a drinking water system that failed to ensure water treatment equipment was operated in a manner that achieved the design capabilities, contrary to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Christian Horizons is a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates group homes for disabled individuals throughout Ontario. One such facility is known as the Christian Horizons Simcoe 3 facility and is located in the Township of Oro-Medonte. The facility has its own drinking water system that is categorized as a small non-municipal non-residential drinking water system, serving a designated facility. The water is supplied to the facility by a single drilled groundwater well. The water system is designed to disinfect the raw water using an ultraviolet disinfection unit, before being supplied to staff and residents.
The ministry conducted an inspection and observed that the UV system was in bypass mode, meaning that some of the water being supplied to the users was not being properly disinfected. There was no evidence of any reported illnesses or ill effects as a result of the UV unit having been in bypass mode. Bypassing the UV disinfection unit meant the water treatment equipment was not being operated in a manner that achieved the designed capabilities.
The organization was fined $7,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,750 and was given 30 days to pay the fine.