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Camp and Beach Resort fined $4,000 for Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Violations

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Camp and Beach Resort fined $4,000 for Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Violations

Convicted - Cedar Beach Camp Resort Inc.

Court Location - Pembroke

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to failing to ensure, that one water distribution sample was taken at least weekly and tested for microbiological parameters, that one raw water sample was taken at least monthly and was tested for microbiological parameters, and that at least one water sample was taken every three months and tested for nitrate and nitrite, contrary to the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Date of Offence - During the period on or about November 8, 2014 and ending on or about May 16, 2016, inclusive

Date of Conviction - June 17, 2018

Penalty Imposed - Cedar Beach Camp Resort Inc. was convicted of three violations under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), was fined $4,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS) of $1,000 and was given six months to pay the fine.

Background -  

  • Cedar Beach Camp Resort is a company that owns and operates a fifteen unit trailer park located on Cedarest Lane in Eganville. The site's drinking-water system is categorized as a non-municipal year-round residential works.
  • On April 16, 2014, a drinking-water inspection was conducted at the site and it was identified that the owner was not providing treatment as necessary. Raw and distribution water samples were not being collected and tested for microbiological parameters, and water samples were not being collected/tested for nitrites as required.
  • Following a number of attempts to bring the system into compliance, on October 4, 2014, a ministry order was served on the company.
  • A subsequent records examination determined that during the charge period, only 23 out of 55 required distribution samples, 7 out of 13 required raw water samples, and 2 out of 4 required nitrate samples were collected and tested.
  • The incident was referred to the ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch, resulting in charges and convictions.

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