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Individual Fined $5,000 For Well Water Violations

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Individual Fined $5,000 For Well Water Violations

Timmins - Scott Longstreet pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $1750 for constructing a water well without the required licence, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).

Mr. Longstreet entered into a contract with a resident of Hillary Township to drill a well.

The resident contacted the ministry to ask about legal requirements regarding the newly drilled drinking water well. The resident observed a dwindling water supply, silty water, and was not provided with a well record by the defendant as required by the OWRA.                

The resident contacted the ministry again with a complaint that his drinking water well was not operating properly. Mr. Longstreet had never been licensed as a well technician or well contractor under the Ontario Water Resources Act.

Subsequently, the matter was referred to the Ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendant was convicted.

Mr. Longstreet was convicted of one offence, was fined $1,750 plus a victim fine surcharge of $437.50 and $5 for court costs and was given three months to pay.

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