The owner of a Harvard apartment complex for elderly, disabled, and low-income tenants has agreed to pay up to $100,000 to settle allegations that it failed to provide safe drinking water to residents and failed to follow mandated emergency response procedures to address the problem, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.\n\nThe consent judgment, entered Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, settles a lawsuit filed by the AG\u2019s Office against Foxglove Housing Associates Limited Partnership alleging the defendant violated Massachusetts drinking water laws and regulations by failing to operate and maintain its public water system in a manner that ensured the delivery of safe drinking water to the residents of the Foxglove Apartments, and by failing to notify the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) of two water emergencies, which resulted in the loss of water to residents. \n\n\u201cFoxglove\u2019s failure to abide by our state\u2019s laws and regulations left residents without access to water for days,\u201d said AG Healey. \u201cWe are committed to ensuring that public water suppliers have systems in place to provide safe drinking water.\u201d\n\n\u201cAll public water suppliers are responsible for maintaining their systems to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fit and pure water,\u201d said Martin Suuberg, MassDEP Commissioner. \u201cGiven the vulnerable population served by this supplier, it is critically important to have in place, and then follow, an emergency plan should the on-site water supply ever be interrupted.\u201d \n\nThe complaint alleges that Foxglove failed to implement its Emergency Response Plan and failed to submit an Emergency Response Report to the MassDEP. Foxglove also allegedly failed to address deficiencies identified by MassDEP in the operation of their public water system. The AG\u2019s Office further alleges in its complaint that, due to Foxglove\u2019s failure to comply with the regulations, residents in the apartment lost reliable water service for three days in May 2016 after an electrical malfunction in the system\u2019s booster pump and again three days in June 2016 when a filter in the system clogged.\n\nIn addition to the civil penalty, the consent judgment requires Foxglove to make repairs and upgrades to its public water system to ensure that its residents have an uninterrupted supply of safe drinking water, including additional water storage on site and the connections needed for bulk storage trucks to deliver water to Foxglove Apartments. Foxglove has begun work on its public water system to make the upgrades. \n\nThis case is being handled by Assistant Attorneys General Jessica Shaffer and Deputy Division Chief Betsy Harper of AG Healey\u2019s Environmental Protection Division, with assistance from Rebecca Tobin, Margo Webber, Marielle Stone, and Andrea Lemerise of MassDEP\u2019s Central Regional Office.