Congratulations to all Wellington Water Watchers!
The Wynne government has heard us and is responding. This is great news and we deserve to celebrate together!
We are encouraged by the recent announcement by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) of its intent to overhaul the permit to take water process, particularly as it pertains to the packaged water sector.
The 2-year moratorium on new permits of this kind is a big step. It means there is no possibility of a pump test at the Middlebrook well until January 2019! The Aberfoyle renewal is also now on hold until there are new regulations in place.
Points worth acknowledging in the current proposal:
- It will lead directly to stricter policies and regulations for the water bottling industry
- It acknowledges that parts of the province targeted for population growth have concerns related to future water security
- It recognizes the impacts of climate change on our water resources
- It acknowledges the need to prioritize water taking uses
- It acknowledges that Ontario’s groundwater needs to be better understood so that it can be effectively protected.
But this current proposal has not gone far enough. There are several important pieces missing.
It is possible to deny Nestlé more water and to have current permits turned down for renewal – and it has happened where communities fought really hard to get government to listen to the people and not listen to Nestlé. But this is not just about one corporation’s insatiable demand for our water, it is also about strengthening provincial regulations in order to help protect water across this beautiful province.
Now is the opportunity to have your voice heard to safeguard our precious water.
Please take a moment to craft your comment to Kathleen Wynne on what changes you want to see in the revamped permitting process and to show your support for the proposed moratorium.
It is important that your comments express your own opinion, but it might be helpful to review the points listed below and include those that resonate most with you when drafting your submission. Follow the links for more detailed information.
- Water is For Life, Not for Profit.
- Adopt an ecosystem approach.
- Consider cumulative effects.
- Apply and honour the pre-cautionary principle.
- Prioritize community use over industry use.
- Align permit deadlines within watersheds.
- Set fees to recover full costs.
- Require independent third party, peer reviewed science.
- Require returnable, reusable beverage bottles.
- Account for any extensions of an expired permit.
- Weight municipal comments more heavily.
- Require periodic review of Water Management Program.
- Phase out this sunset industry and provide employment transition support for all employees.
- Evaluate impacts on current and future generations.
- Improve access to safe, clean, reliable public water.
- Consult with Treaty holders.
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(Commenting closed on December 1, 2016.)
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Or in writing here:
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Land and Water Policy Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West
Phone: (416) 314-4708
Fax: (416) 326-0461