Business Owner fined $26,000 for Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Violations
Convicted - Linda Castelino o/a Hillsburgh Rest Home
Court Location - Guelph
Description of Offences - The convictions relate to failing to comply with a ministry order to ensure that a trained person or a certified operator was retained to operate the company's drinking water system, submitting false or misleading information to a Provincial Officer, and failing to ensure that water samples were taken as required by regulation.
Date of Offences - During the period beginning on or about May 16, 2015 and ending on or about May 26, 2016
Date of Conviction - May 31, 2018
Penalty Imposed - Linda Castelino was convicted of eight offences under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and was fined a total of $26,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $6,500. The defendant was given one year to pay all fines.
- Linda Castelino owns and operates a nursing care home for seniors located on Trafalgar Road Hillsburgh in the Township of Erin.
- Linda Castelino operates the company as a sole proprietorship business.
- The company is open year-round, has a drinking water system registered with the ministry and operates a well supply that provides water to its residents.
- On April 2, 2015, a Provincial Officer's Order was issued to Ms. Castelino requiring her to ensure that a trained person or a certified operator was retained to operate the company's drinking water system or that she herself successfully complete the "operation of a small drinking water systems" course to become a trained person.
- Ms. Castelino did not comply with the order.
- The matter was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch and following an investigation charges were laid resulting in eight convictions.