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Leamington Farm fined $5,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations

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Leamington Farm fined $5,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) Violations

Convicted - Albuna Farms

Location - Windsor

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to drawing greater than 50,000 litres of water on any day, without a Permit to Take Water (PTTW).

Date of Offence - On or about March 18, 2016 and ending on or about April 20, 2017

Date of Conviction - October 23, 2017,

Penalty Imposed - Albuna Farms Inc. was convicted of one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act, was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $1,250 and was given 6 months to pay.

Background - 

  • Albuna Farms Inc. (Albuna) is a medium size greenhouse operation that covers approximately 18 acres and is located on Albuna Townline in Leamington.
  • Albuna draws from ground water for drinking water and irrigation from a well on the property.
  • On April 20, 2015, the ministry issued a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) for the site.
  • On March 27, 2017, ministry staff attended the site. In reviewing Albuna's file, it was identified that Albuna's PTTW had expired on December 31, 2015, and that a renewal had not been issued or applied for.
  • Water taking records indicated that Albuna had been drawing greater than 50,000 litres per day from their well from March 18, 2016 to April 20, 2017, without a valid PTTW.
  • The incident was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement branch, resulting in charges and one conviction.
  • A Permit to Take Water was issued by the ministry on October 17, 2017.

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