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									News Release
Communiqué
Ministry of the        Ministère de
Environment            l’Environnement


                                                                            For Immediate Release
                                                                                 February 27, 2008

     CITY OF PEMBROKE FINED $13,000 FOR VIOLATING THE SAFE DRINKING
                              WATER ACT

PEMBROKE — The City of Pembroke has been fined a total of $13,000, plus a victim fine
surcharge, after pleading guilty to violating the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The Court heard that in 2006 the city was not using the correct chlorine residual reading to
determine whether the chlorination process in their drinking-water system had effectively
disinfected the water. Minimum or maximum residual chlorine test readings were also not being
examined every 72 hours as required. An investigation determined the treatment equipment had
not been operated in a manner that achieved its design capabilities on a 12 day period between
March 23 and May 28, 2006.

The City of Pembroke was charged following an investigation by the Ministry of the
Environment’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch.

The City of Pembroke pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, for
failing to operate treatment equipment properly and for failing to examine test results within 72
hours, contrary to subsection 140(3) of the Act. The City of Pembroke was fined a total of
$13,000, plus a victim fine surcharge, and given 30 days to pay.

Justice of the Peace Raymond J. Switzer heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in
Pembroke and imposed sentence on February 25, 2008.
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For further information:

Members of the media:

John Steele
Communications Branch
(416) 314-6666
                                         www.ene.gov.on.ca

								
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