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Business Owner fined $26,000 for Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Violations

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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.

Background -  

  • 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.

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