Make your support count! Send you comment to the Electronic Registry for the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights on "A regulation establishing a moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for water bottling." You can read it here, comment on it here. You can read below for more information and for links to our website if you want more advice on what to write or to find out more. You can also send a comment that says you support the submissions of SaveOurWater.CA. All submissions are being read and not only those of a technical nature.
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This is a province wide proposal. We did not want to just look after the Middlebrook water source near Elora in Centre Wellington but say that should not be here and regulations need to be in place to protect sources not only in the "Nestle Water Triangle" in Wellington County at Aberfoyle and soon to be Hillsburgh when its permit needs to be renewed but to protect water sources throughout Ontario. Please forward this email to your friends and family. This policy affects not only Ontario but may be a catalyst for change throughout the country. You will be making the change you want to see. Use this opportunity to help SaveOurWater.CA!
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We need you to comment on "A regulation establishing a moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for water bottling" on the Environmental Registry for the Province of Ontario. Click here or the graphic to go to the page and read the proposed legislation from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
You can read the Ontario Government's press release here
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On October 17th, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change proposed a moratorium on new or increased water-taking permits for water bottling companies (see Environmental Registry #012-8783).
The ministry says a moratorium would give it time to look at Ontario’s groundwater resources and the rules for water bottlers that take groundwater. It says this will enhance Ontario’s water security, by ensuring the wise use and management of groundwater in the face of climate change and increased population growth.
The Environmental Commissioner has reported before about the potential environmental impacts of water takings, particularly during droughts. And last year (in our 2014/2015 Annual Report), we pointed out that Ontario’s water-taking charge is too low (just $3.71 per million litres taken) to create a meaningful economic incentive to conserve water or to recover the government’s costs of managing water.
You have until December 1, 2016, to go to the Environmental Registry to have a say on the ministry’s proposed moratorium.