MassDEP Assesses Property Owner $4,100 Penalty Following Violations of Drinking Water Requirements at Boxborough Commons
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $4,100 penalty to 629 Massachusetts Avenue, LLC of Acton as a result of violations of the state Drinking Water regulations that occurred at its public water system (PWS), which serves businesses at Boxborough Commons, located at 629 Main Street, Boxborough.
Based on the review of monitoring reports and an inspection of the PWS serving this location, MassDEP personnel determined that the owners had failed to properly monitor the drinking water, and had not retained the services of a certified PWS operator, as required by the Drinking Water regulations.
Through a consent order, 629 Massachusetts Avenue, LLC will hire a certified operator to oversee sampling, monitoring, and other requirements under the regulations for this small PWS. All of the required reports must also be filed in a timely manner with MassDEP.
"Massachusetts' citizens expect, and the regulations are in place to assure that a safe and pure source of drinking water is available to all," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "The schedule agreed to in this consent order provides a framework intended to ensure that Boxborough Commons remains in compliance with these regulations."
MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.