The Ontario Ground Water Association [ FALL/WINTER 2017 ] Page 25 www.hoskin.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org Vancouver | Burlington | Montréal The MP 1 is back! Grundfos MP 1 submersible pump The standard sets include: the Grundfos MP 1 submersible pump, frequency converter, cooling jacket, service set, cable, hose with connec�on, hose reel cart and service kit. All materials in the set are fully assembled. www.hoskin.ca Vancouver | Burlington | Montr www.hoskin.ca The MP 1 is back! Grundfos MP 1 submersible pump The MP 1 is back! Grundfos MP 1 submersible pump designed for purging and sampling monitoring wells with a diameter of at least 50 mm and a depth to 90 meters Date of Offence - On or about March 18, 2016 and ending on or about April 20, 2017 Date of Conviction - October 23, 2017, Penalty Imposed - Albuna Farms Inc. was convicted of one offence under the Ontario Water Resources Act, was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $1,250 and was given 6 months to pay. Background • Albuna Farms Inc. (Albuna) is a medium size greenhouse operation that covers approximately 18 acres and is located on Albuna Townline in Leamington. • Albuna draws from ground water for drinking water and irrigation from a well on the property. • On April 20, 2015, the ministry issued a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) for the site. • On March 27, 2017, ministry staff attended the site. In reviewing Albuna’s file, it was identified that Albuna’s PTTW had expired on December 31, 2015, and that a renewal had not been issued or applied for. • Water taking records indicated that Albuna had been drawing greater than 50,000 litres per day from their well from March 18, 2016 to April 20, 2017, without a valid PTTW. • The incident was referred to the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement branch, resulting in charges and one conviction. • A Permit to Take Water was issued by the ministry on October 17, 2017. Unlicenced Well Driller fined $2,000 for Drilling Wells without a Licence - October 23, 2017 Convicted - Allan Charlebois Location - Barrie Description of Offence - The conviction relates to engaging in the business of constructing wells without a well contractor licence and/or without a well technician licence. Date of Offence - On or about June 23, 2015 Date of Conviction - October 16, 2017 Penalty Imposed - Allan Charlebois was convicted of two offences under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $250 and paid the fine on the date of conviction. Background • At that time of the offence, Alan Charlebois operated under the business name, A.C. Charlebois based in Perkinsfield. The business is not registered. • Mr. Charlebois, although not licenced under the ministry, was in the business of constructing water wells for profit, and was hired to drill a well at a residential property on Gill Rd. in Midhurst. • In June 2015, Allan Charlebois used a tractor and a hydraulic pounder to construct the first well, by driving a sand point into the ground to a depth of approximately 129 feet. However, during construction, the sand point became bent or broken and it was capped off. • Mr. Charlebois then drilled a second well to approximately the same depth, and this well was to be used as the main source of drinking water to the residence. • Mr. Charlebois then attempted to remove the damaged sand point from the first well as a means of recouping costs. During removal, water began to flow around the casing, so Mr. Charlebois drove the pipe partially back down and grouted the casing, which temporarily stopped the flow. • The next day, the Gill Rd. property and a neighbour’s property were flooded. Mr. Charlebois attended the site but had neither the knowledge nor the means of controlling the flowing well. • The flowing well was brought under control in January 2016, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage, engineering and flow control costs.