No Fee Increase Will Bring Our Water Back!

Water for Life, Not for Profit

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2017

Guelph-Wellington – On Wednesday January 18, 2017, The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) announced a proposed fee change to the Permit-To-Take-Water (PTTW) regulations for the bottled water industry. Up until now, the industry has paid the standard fee of $3.71 for every million litres taken. The proposed increase suggests the fee should be $503.71 per million litres commencing August 1, 2017.

The Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) has been consistent in our message that no fee change is going to deter this industry whose profit margins are so enormous that no impact will be felt by such a fee increase. Our focus is on new and effective regulation to adequately protect our water. We want the Ministry to phase-out, stop granting and stop renewing consumptive permits that allow for the reselling of our precious water. Water is for Life, Not for Profit.

“It has never been about the fees for us. It has always been about the principled use of our water,” Stated Mike Nagy, Chair of WWW. “Although we are pleased to see that the MOECC is responding to the people’s request to see this industry treated differently from other water takers, we have always been clear that no amount of money will bring our water back once it is gone.”

As echoed by Premiere Wynne, permits for bottled water companies were never intended from the PTTW process. It was not foreseen 30 years ago when the permitting process was put in place that people would take advantage of the system.

“They could never have envisioned the bottled water industry when the permitting rules were created and it is time we bring our regulations into the modern reality,” said Rob Case, board member of WWW. “We have to put a stop to industries taking this public resource to be shared by all, and putting it into a piece of garbage to send around the world for great profits.”

We invite all in Ontario to provide your feedback on this proposed fee increase to the ministry through the Environmental Registry, available until March 20, 2017.

We also ask that you take our pledge:

“I pledge to help protect Wellington County Water. I support the demand that Premier Wynne say No to Nestlé and not renew Nestlé Waters Canada’s application for permits to take water at Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh. I am making this pledge to protect and maintain the water as a public resource for our community now and for generations to come.”

We anticipate that new regulations will be in place this spring. We need to stay diligent and stand together to ensure we protect our water. Join us at wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca and give generously of your time and money to help us keep our campaign strong. We are all Water Watchers!

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About Wellington Water Watchers: Founded in 2007, Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization based in Guelph, Ontario. Committed to the protection of water resources and public education, WWW works to affect local water policy and protect water sources. WWW also sponsors and supports guest speakers, debates, and are active at bottled-water free community events.

 

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

Mike Nagy
Board Chair, Wellington Water Watchers
mikenagster@gmail.com
519-829-6249

Dr. Robert Case
Board Member, Wellington Water Watchers
racase@uwaterloo.ca
519-760-2410

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