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Drinking Water System Owner fined $2,000 For Submitting False Information to the Ministry

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Drinking Water System Owner fined $2,000 For Submitting False Information to the Ministry

Convicted - Carl Douglas Dressel

Location - St. Catharines

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to submitting false/misleading information to ministry staff.

Date of Offence - On or about January 5, 2016

Date of Conviction - October 27, 2017

Penalty Imposed - Carl Douglas Dressel was convicted of one offence under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $500 and was given 30 days to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Mr. Dressel is the owner of a Non-Municipal Year-Round Residential drinking water system at a property on Bessey Road in Port Colborne (the site), which services a mobile home park and provides drinking water to between five and ten trailers.
  • On October 27, 2015, ministry staff conducted an inspection to assess compliance with legislation for the period October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015, and identified several non-compliance issues. 
  • On November 13, 2015, a ministry Order was issued, which required the Dressel's to fix the problems identified in the inspection.
  • One of the Order items required Mr. Dressel to submit a written report to the ministry, stating the name of the Certified Operator who would be making adjustments to the treatment equipment and conducting tests in the future, as required by the Regulation.
  • On January 5, 2016, Mr. Dressel sent the ministry an email in response to the Order and provided the name of the Certified Operator and the company that the Certified Operator was working for.
  • On March 30, 2016, ministry staff followed up with the Certified Operator via email, and was advised that neither the company nor the Operator had been retained.  Therefore, it was determined that Mr. Dressel had submitted false written information to the ministry.
  • The incident was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement branch, resulting in charges and the conviction

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