Mashpee Trailer Park Owner Hit With $7,000 Fine
By: Elsa H. Partan
The state Department of Environmental Protection has fined Lakeside Estates $7,000 for violating the minimum water pressure required under state sanitary regulations.
In an investigation of complaints from Lakeside residents last month, the DEP found that water pressure was 12 pounds per square inch. In a second investigation on January 4, the pressure was 19 pounds per square inch. The minimum requirement is 20.
In a January 7 letter to William Haney, the owner of Lakeside Estates, the DEP lists more than a dozen water pressure violations going back to March 2001 at the mobile home park off Route 151.
This is the second time the DEP has fined Lakeside Estates, according to the letter. The department’s previous fine of $1,000 was issued in March 2008 and was paid the following month.
Mashpee Assistant Health Agent Veronica A. Warden re-inspected three homes at the trailer park on January 8 to determine whether violations noted by the board of health from December 23 had been corrected. They had not.
Two of the homes had water pressure above 20 pounds per square inch, which exceeded the state minimum, but violated the town’s requirement of 30 pounds per square inch. The third home’s water pressure was 16 pounds per square inch, a violation of both state and town laws.
At its meeting Wednesday, the Mashpee Board of Health declined to discuss a letter received from an attorney for Mr. Haney, Richard L. Terry. Mr. Terry’s letter requested that the town connect Lakeside Estates to the Mashpee Water District, a request that was denied last fall.
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