Town of Bouctouche pleads guilty to violation of environment act (08/10/10)

NB 1491

Oct. 10, 2008

RICHIBUCTO (CNB) - The Town of Bouctouche has pleaded guilty to a violation of the Water Quality Regulation of the Clean Environment Act.

The Town of Bouctouche appeared in Richibucto provincial court on Oct. 7.

Between May 16 and May 23, 2008, the town failed to comply with a term or condition of the Approval to Operate the potable water distribution system. The approval requires that the Department of Health be notified immediately if there is a malfunction in the continuous disinfection system. On May 12, a town employee found a break in a valve between the chlorine injector and the main line. The valve was repaired, but this malfunction was not reported to the Department of Health until May 16.

On May 20, town employees determined there were still problems with the chlorination system, and made additional repairs the following day. This was not reported to the Department of Health until May 22.

As a result of the recurring problems, the Department of Health issued a boil water order on May 23, which remained in effect until May 30.

Judge J. Michaud imposed a fine of $1,000.

Environment Minister Roland Haché encourages all New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment, and to report any infraction of environmental regulations in the province.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Environment, 506-453-3700.