The small Municipality of West Elgin (pop. 5,157) and three of its water
distribution system operators were fined $154,500 in St.Thomas Provincial Offences
Court for drinking water violations, including providing false
information and failing to report adverse test results. One of the
operators was sentenced to 30 days in jail and stripped of his
right to work in a water plant. No wonder municipalities are
finding it harder to hire and keep good water staff.
The Corporation of the Municipality of West Elgin owns a
drinking water system that serves some of its residents.
Lloyd Jarvis was the lead operator; Chad Yokom and Michael Kalita
were certified operators. Ministry of the Environment staff
conducted an inspection and concluded that that the minimum level
of chlorine had not been maintained, log books had been altered and
false information had been provided to the ministry. The operators
had not reported to the ministry or the Medical Officer of Health
when chlorine levels in the distribution system fell below the
The Municipality of West Elgin, Lloyd Jarvis, Michael Kalita and
Chad Yokom were fined a total of $154,500 plus victim fine
surcharges of $38,625. The municipality was given 30 days and
the operators 180 days to pay their fines. Mr. Jarvis was sentenced
to 30 days in jail and ordered to surrender his certificate to
operate a drinking water system and not to work at or operate any
business or employment concerning or related to drinking water.
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