Retirement Residence Owner Fined $3,500 For Safe Drinking Water Violations
Picton - Richard Diamond, operating as The Carriage House Retirement Residence, pleaded guilty to two charges related to the Carriage House's drinking water system and a failure to ensure that it was maintained in accordance with legislation and by a trained operator, contrary to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).
At the time of the offences, Mr. Diamond was the owner and operator of The Carriage House Retirement Home in Cherry Valley. The residence and its drinking water supply system supported nine residents at the time of the offences.
The ministry inspected The Carriage House Retirement Home's drinking water system and identified that Mr. Diamond had failed to meet a number of requirements as indicated under the SDWA and Ontario Regulation 170/03.
As a result of the compliance inspection, the owner hired a private operator to provide system checks, collect and submit water samples for analysis, and provide system reporting. A follow-up inspection indicated that there have been significant improvements in terms of legislative compliance.
Mr. Diamond was convicted of two offences under the SDWA and was fined $3,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $875. Mr. Diamond was given 15 days to pay the fine.
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