The Kinsmen Club fined $2,000 for Safe Drinking Water Act Violations

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The Kinsmen Club of Stratford Incorporated has been fined for failing to ensure that no drinking water was supplied after a shutdown period of seven or more consecutive days until samples were taken and tested, contrary to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

The Kinsmen Club is located at a property on 31st Line, Embro, Township of Zorra, County of Oxford. At the site, the Kinsmen Club operates a camp called Kamp Tanner, and also rents out campgrounds to groups throughout the year. Between early January and April 21, 2015, the drinking water system was shut down at the camp.

According to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), on July 5, 2015, the camp became operational and water was supplied to various locations within the camp. However, the Kinsmen Club had not collected distribution samples for testing until July 14, 2015, and the results of the test were not received until July 16, 2015.

Subsequently, the matter was referred to the MOECC’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch. Following an investigation, the defendant was charged.

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On June 1, 2017, The Kinsmen Club of Stratford Incorporated was convicted of one offence, was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.

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