With growing concern over bottled water companies extracting water from local Canadian wells, an environmental organization is urging the Ontario Liberals to deny a permit for Nestle Waters.
According to Wellington Water Watchers, the permit for Nestle in Aberfoyle, Ontario, expired on July 31. However, the company continues to extract water from a local well after the Ministry of Environment granted the company an automatic extension without consulting people who live in the area.
Wellington wants the Ontario government to deny the renewal claiming Nestle is extracting water from an area suffering from a severe drought.
Nestle’s renewal application was not posted by the Ministry for the usual 30 days of public comment, and says a typical permit remains in force for 90 days despite an expiry. Government officials say the application will be posted once paperwork has been reviewed.
Nestle Waters Canada plans to continue it’s water-bottling business in the south-central Ontario township. Nestle Waters and it’s parent company Nestle have several permits allowing for the take up over 20 million litres of water a day.
Around 6,000 water-taking permits are listed on the Ministry of Environment’s website, with multiple permits issued to several companies.
— WellingtonWaterWatch (@wwaterwatchers) August 20, 2016