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Our operations in British Columbia

We know that many people are concerned about the price commercial and industrial users, including Nestlé Waters Canada, pay for groundwater in British Columbia (B.C.). Since early 2016, the new legislation - the ‘Water Sustainability Act’ - sets fees for water that are be used to fund a new system for sustainably managing water resources.

Drought conditions in certain parts of British Columbia have also sparked discussion about water use in the region and there is some exaggeration about the amount of groundwater the bottled water industry is using.

Below are some links you may find useful in understanding how Nestlé Waters Canada uses water in B.C.

Using water responsibly

Like everyone, we are deeply concerned about the drought in parts of British Columbia. Nestlé Waters Canada operates one factory in Hope, B.C. that uses water only from one source – the Kawkawa Lake aquifer.

We are continuing to manage our water use as efficiently as possible and are monitoring our groundwater withdrawals closely to continue to ensure there is no material impact on the Kawkawa Lake aquifer, the associated ecosystem, our neighbours or other water users.

Learn more about the the drought in British Columbia.

Paying for the water we use

We fully support the Water Sustainability Act and agree that all water users should pay for the water they receive. We follow the price rates established by the government for groundwater withdrawals. We are confident that, should the funding required to properly manage the Water Sustainability Act fall short, the Government will set higher rates to resolve this situation.

The bottled water industry and water use

The Canadian Bottled Water Industry says it is one of the smallest users of groundwater, taking what is equal to 0.01% of the groundwater in British Columbia.

At Nestlé Waters Canada, our use of groundwater is even smaller than the industry average. This means that today, it takes us slightly less than 1.2 litres of water to deliver 1 litre of drinking water. By comparison, it takes 3 litres of water to produce one litre of soft drinks; 42 litres of water to produce one litre of beer; 183 litres of water to produce one 8-ounce (236 millilitres) glass of milk; and 148,000 litres of water to manufacture an automobile.

Additionally, our factory in Hope is ISO 140001 certified – meaning that we set annual water, energy, and waste conservation goals every year. Learn more about what we are doing to manage water responsibly.

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