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City of North Battleford Pleads Guilty to Contravening Operational License

May 23, 2014 - The City of North Battleford was fined $4,900 after pleading guilty to failing to operate their waterworks in accordance with the permit to operate under subsections 23(6) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002.

The charges were laid after the Water Security Agency (WSA) inspected the City of North Battleford’s water treatment plant on July 29-30, 2013.

During the inspection, WSA discovered that the city’s waterworks contravened their waterworks permit to operate.  Contraventions included:

  • failing to keep and provide records of turbidity trend data which is important to fully understand the performance of the drinking water filtration system;
  • failing to conduct required water quality monitoring for some constituents; and
  • failing to conduct monthly review of waterworks operational records.

 

“Complying with the requirements in the waterworks permit is clearly outlined and each aspect is important to ensure a safe drinking water supply,” WSA Executive Director of Environmental and Municipal Management Services Division Sam Ferris said.  “The WSA remains vigilant at all times to ensure municipalities are complying with regulatory and permit requirements and are delivering safe drinking water.”

Regular bacteriological water quality monitoring was performed in North Battleford during this period and showed satisfactory results.  The city’s water supply was adequately maintained at the water treatment plants for the time period in question.  There was no failure to the water filtration system at the time of concern.  An inspection on February 19, 2014, showed both water plants at the City of North Battleford to be complying with the permit requirements.

The WSA was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan.  The plan will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan.  The agency brings together all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.

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For more information, contact:

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-8914
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca
Cell: 306-631-6997