Save Our Water Makes a Splash at Queen’s Park!
Thanks to everyone who braved the snowy roads to join us in Toronto at the Ontario legislature on February 27th. It was a very successful day for Save Our Water. Sincere thanks to Mike Schreiner Guelph MPP, and his amazing staff, who steered us through a maze of hallways and stairways, arranged a morning press conference, booked the Members Gallery for Question Period, and truly made us feel welcome at Queen’s Park. Mike presented our petition, signed by 3,500 residents, demanding a permanent moratorium on new permits to take groundwater for commercial water bottling. The petition was inspired by the proposal from Nestlé, for a permit to extract 1.6 million litres of water per day from the Middlebrook Well in Elora for the purpose of commercial water bottling. This water taking would threaten Centre Wellington’s ability to provide drinking water to its growing population, not to mention endanger a planet already choking with plastic pollution. The clock is ticking in Centre Wellington. The provincial moratorium on new water permits for bottlers is set to expire on October 1, 2020. And we now know from a study funded and commissioned by the Ontario government, during the moratorium period, that Centre Wellington’s municipal water is at too high a risk to permit such commercial water extraction. Listen to Mike Schreiner ask the Environment Minister Jeff Yurek to make the moratorium on new permits for water bottlers permanent. He did a masterful job!