What do you think about Ontario’s 2-year hold on new permits to bottle water?

We are fully supportive and share the Ontario Government’s commitment to protecting water resources and are keen to participate in science-based conversations with all community stakeholders.

Through investment in an industry-leading monitoring program over the last 15 years in Aberfoyle and Erin, we have been sharing information with the government and local community. We will continue to offer this science and transparent data to all stakeholders that share our commitment to water sustainability and conservation throughout this process.

We plan to be fully engaged in the consultation along with our neighbours and other water users in the Wellington County community and across the public. Public consultation on water sustainability, pricing and future planning are extremely important. We look forward to meeting the province’s challenge to be even more transparent sharing data on water withdrawal in an easy to access manner with the public. We will continue to work with local and provincial governments, environmental agencies and community groups, our employees, as well as local residents on a thorough approach to water resource management to ensure the community's needs come first.

The two-year moratorium, announced by the government, means there will not be a pump test on the Middlebrook water source over this period. As a result, the community will have to wait for critical data to inform future planning.

Our bottling operations provide high quality jobs and healthy, sustainably-produced water products for Ontarians. We look forward to a long future contributing to the economy of the province, supplying consumers with products they appreciate, and working with governments and communities to ensure that water is responsibly managed, with the public interest first and foremost in mind. 

The needs of communities must always come first when it comes to access to water and Nestlé wants to reiterate that it did not outbid Centre Wellington township as it was sometimes reported. More here.