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Drinking Water Operator fined $1,750 for Safe Drinking Water Act Violation

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Drinking Water Operator fined $1,750 for Safe Drinking Water Act Violation

Convicted - Kevin Bell

Court Location - Newmarket

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to ensure that the drinking water system was operated by a certified person.

Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about December 19, 2015 and ending on or about July 7, 2016

Date of Conviction - October 12, 2018

Penalty Imposed - Mr. Kevin Bell was convicted on one violation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, was fined $1,750 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $437.50 and was given 30 days to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Mr. Bell was an employee of a Drinking Water System classified as a small, non-municipal, non-residential drinking water system serving a designated facility regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • At the time the system supplied drinking water utilizing a single drilled ground well.
  • During an inspection in July 2016, ministry staff reviewed the Certificate of Completion for Operation of Small Drinking Water Systems issued to Kevin Bell, which had expired on December 18, 2015. At the time of inspection, Mr. Bell was the only known operator of the system and had continued to act as the Operator despite the expired certificate.
  • The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.

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