Jump to Navigation
Jump to Content

United States v. Ritz

ELR Citation: 43 ELR 20152
Nos. 11-3320, (7th Cir., 07/03/2013)

The Seventh Circuit upheld a lower court decision that a campground operated as a "public water system" under the SDWA. The court found that the campground had failed to conduct the requisite water sampling, monitoring and reporting to consumers and awarded a $29,754 civil penalty to the government. On appeal, the owner argued that because the campground does not have at least 15 service connections, the campground does not qualify as a public water system under the SDWA. He argued that while each of the 50-plus campsites on the property have their own spigot, the spigots are not service connections. The court found this to be an interesting issue, but because he failed to raise it below, the argument is waived and the appeal must be dismissed.