Mark Clairmont |

MUSKOKA — A two-year joint investigation between the province and the district has led to 9 charges against a water works worker who has been fired.

The District of Muskoka began investigating March 2019 in to the “conduct of an employee,” says a release today.

They say the employee was immediately placed on leave pending an investigation and concerns were immediately reported to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

The district’s internal investigation included an operational review of both Port Sydney and Huntsville water treatment locations and confirmed that there was no compromise to water safety.

They say the findings were shared with MECP and the employee “ceased employment” with the district following that investigation.

As well, a follow-up review was conducted across all of the water systems in Muskoka the results that “did not reveal any further issues.”

A separate investigation was carried out by MECP’s Investigation and Enforcement Branch (IEB) and the District’s former employee has now been charged with nine violations under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The District provided full cooperation during the MECP investigation and chose not to comment during the investigation.

The District of Muskoka began an investigation in 2019.

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