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.
- 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.