Regional District of North Okanagan found guilty in water contamination case

RDNO guilty of four charges in connection with contamination of Antwerp Springs water source in January 2010.

A provincial court judge has found the Regional District of North Okanagan guilty of four charges in connection with a water contamination case.

Mayland McKimm found the regional district guilty of failing to provide potable water, allow contamination of drinking water, introduce foreign matter into a well and operate a well in a manner to cause adverse impact in connection with the contamination of the Antwerp Springs water source in January 2010.

Sentencing submissions by both Crown and the RDNO’s attorney will be heard Oct. 16.

The District of Coldstream was fined more than $18,000 after pleading guilty in June 2012 to its role in the contamination case.

Defence expects to seek a similar monetary penalty for RDNO.

Crown would not say how much it will be asking the regional district to pay.

See more on this story in Friday’s Morning Star.