For Immediate Release - November 01, 2013

MassDEP Assesses $4,000 Penalty to Ghanshyam Realty and Groton Convenience Following Violations of State Drinking Water Requirements

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $4,000 penalty to Ghanshyam Realty Trust of Malden and Groton Convenience, Inc. to resolve violations of Drinking Water regulations that occurred during operation of the public drinking water system (PWS) at the convenience store located on Route 119 in Groton.

The violations were identified during a scheduled inspection of the facility. A consent order requires the companies to hire a certified water supply operator, monitor the PWS for potential contaminants as required in their sampling and analysis plan and comply with requirements to submit to MassDEP Annual Statistical Reports for the PWS.

The companies must pay $3,000 of the assessed penalty. MassDEP has suspended the remaining amount as long as the companies implement the required changes and do not have any further violations for the next year.

"This system is one of many small Public Drinking Water Systems that MassDEP regulates throughout the Commonwealth," said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "It is vitally important that these systems carry out the monitoring, maintenance, and documentation required in the regulations to assure that the citizens are protected and provided with a safe and pure source of drinking water."

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.