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Drinking Water System Owner fined $4,500 for Safe Drinking Water Act Violation

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Drinking Water System Owner fined $4,500 for Safe Drinking Water Act Violation

Convicted - Nadia Pellegrino

Court Location - Belleville Court

Description of Offence - The convictions relate to failing to comply with a ministry order by failing to confirm that a certified operator had been retained to conduct regulatory checks, maintenance and tests on the drinking water system.

Date of Offence - During the period on or about May 16, 2017.

Date of Conviction - June 3, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Nadia Pellegrino was convicted of two violations under the Safe Drinking Water Act and was fined $4,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,125 and was given 6 months to pay the fine.

Background: 

  • The Bridgewater Apartments Well Supply is a non-municipal year round residential drinking water system located on Bridgewater Road in Actinolite.
  • At the time of the violations, Nadia Pellegrino was the sole director of a numbered company that owned the drinking water system.
  • In July 2016, the ministry inspected the drinking water system and identified several non-compliance issues. An inspection report with actions required was provided to the company and Ms. Pellegrino.
  • Among the required actions was the need to arrange for a certified operator to conduct operational checks, maintenance and tests on the drinking water system and to provide written confirmation to the ministry. The defendant failed to comply.
  • A ministry order was issued and required that the defendants meet many of the same requirements outlined in the inspection report. The order was not complied with.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges, resulting in two convictions.

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