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Plumbing Company Fined $2000 for Well Contracting Violation

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Plumbing Company Fined $2000 for Well Contracting Violation

Convicted - Plumbing Dunn Right Limited

Location - Hamilton

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to the completion of work on wells without the required licenses issued by the ministry.

Date of Offence - on or about October 1, 2015

Date of Conviction - October 3, 2017

Penalty Imposed - Plumbing Dunn Right Limited was convicted of one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500, and was given 30 days to pay.

Background - 

  • Plumbing Dunn Right Limited (Plumbing Dunn Right) operates in the area of Burlington, Hamilton, Milton and Oakville. Mr. Keith J. Dunn is the owner and sole director of Plumbing Dunn Right.
  • In 2015 the ministry conducted regulatory audits into alleged unlicensed work on wells.
  • It came to the attention of ministry staff that between the dates of July and November 2015, Plumbing Dunn Right had been engaging in well work without the requisite well contractor licence required by section 39 of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA).
  • A ministry investigation determined, and Mr. Dunn admitted that on October 1, 2015, Plumbing Dunn Right engaged in the business of constructing wells without a well contractor licence.Specifically, Mr. Dunn, on behalf of Plumbing Dunn Right Limited, installed a pump in a well at a property on Cumminsville Drive in Hamilton, without the requisite licence.
  • Subsequently, the matter was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the company was charged with 5 offences and Mr. Dunn was charged with 5 offences.
  • This matter was heard in Hamilton court and was settled through a plea agreement on October 3, 2017. The company was convicted for one offence and fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500. Nine counts were withdrawn.



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