Save Our Water Water launches the Water for Life Blue Ribbon Campaign

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2016

Elora – SaveOurWater is inviting all water allies to join in an Earth Day celebration for the launch of the Water for Life Blue Ribbon campaign. Let’s show the world that Centre Wellington stands together to Save Our Water.

On Saturday April 23, 2016

Green Space, Elora (corner of Metcalfe and Mill) Rain Location – Elora Brewing Company

  • Buy a blue ribbon for your front door or tree
  • Decorate a banner
  • Check out or purchase some local water art
  • Make water friends, meet water allies
  • Write a postcard to “Tell Kathleen Wynne to say NO to Nestlé and the Middlebrook well”
  • Enjoy free face painting and performers (musicians and Bubbleology show 3:00 pm)
  • Sign up to volunteer, canvass, donate
  • Visit our new campaign office, 71A Metcalfe St

Speeches at 4:30 pm.

Shawn Watters will be joining the festivities and will make an announcement. He can be contacted afterward for comments.

Later, join musicians James Gordon, Nick Gush, and Pam Davies and friends for Water Music, a SaveOurWater benefit concert. Elora United Church 7-8:30 pm.

Tickets $20 at the door all proceeds will go to the Aquifer Defence Fund came into being in April 2015 when a group of Centre Wellington residents decided that Nestlé should never be permitted to take our water.

Since then, more and more local residents and businesses have joined in, united in the conviction that water is for life. In Centre Wellington water sustains our farms and our industries, our towns and our families. We love and are proud of our rivers, our lakes, our waterfalls and our deep limestone gorges. We live here. Here, we are all stewards of our water, and of all the life and prosperity that our water makes possible.

“ represents all the water stewards of Centre Wellington.” says Ailsa Fullwood, spokesperson for SaveOurWater. “We believe that Nestlé’s challenge to Centre Wellington is a challenge to all. It’s not just about us, it’s about you—about you, where you live. Our struggle to save OUR water is also a struggle to keep your water public, to insist on every person’s right to clean drinking water.”

Nestlé Waters Canada has applied for an Aquifer Pump Test at the Middlebrook well. If the test results meet Nestlé’s standards, the multinational water corporation plans to apply for a Permit-To-Take-Water from the Middlebrook well for the maximum daily amount of 1.6 million litres. This water would be pumped into water tankers and trucked about forty kilometres to its bottling plant in Aberfoyle.

That 1.6 million litres of water is roughly equivalent to the daily usage of Elora, the Centre Wellington town closest to the well site. SaveOurWater recognizes Nestlé’s extraction as a risk to an area already identified as potentially at risk for water insecurity. Centre Wellington, current population just over 26,000, is mandated by the provincial Places to Grow Act to grow by 40% over the next 25 years.

“If we are to ensure that future generations have the clean tap water, healthy rivers, and stunning waterscapes that we now enjoy, then we must act now.” stated Libby Carlaw, Spokesperson for SaveOurWater. “SaveOurWater is working with water allies near and far to stop Nestlé from taking OUR water—for us and for you, and for the future.”

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About SaveOurWater. SaveOurWater Formed in April 2015. SaveOurWater is a growing movement of area residents committed to the protection and preservation of the Grand River watershed. They are working closely with Wellington Water Watchers to safeguard the groundwater that our communities, our wetlands, and our river ecosystems rely on.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Ailsa Fullwood, Campaign Spokesperson, SaveOurWater 519-803-7392

Libby Carlaw, Campaign Spokesperson, SaveOurWater 519-803-5624

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