Residents of Elora oppose water bottling there in an early battle against the industry, setting the stage for a battle with Nestlé beginning in 2015.
The Middlebrook Water Company outside Elora, Ontario, applies to take one million litres per day for bottling operations. Citizens there organize opposition, including a petition containing 2,300 signatures. The company receives a permit, but for 240,000 litres per day rather than the one million litres per day as requested. Eventually the company fails and the well falls into disuse, until Nestlé Waters Canada buys the property in 2015.
Controversial permit watered down—for now
Elora, May 20, 2003 by Mercury Staff
A hotly-contested water-taking permit has been issued for the Centre Wellington bottled water firm. But Richard Beckham will not get the one million litres per day he was seeking to start up his Middlebrook Water Company, at least not right away.
The Ministry of the Environment has approved extraction of 240,000 litres of water per day, until May 31, 2005, from the site of a former chicken processing plant on Middlebrook Road, next to the Elora Gorge Conservation Area.
“I am so pleased that it’s not a million,” said Keith Ritchie of the Centre Wellington Citizens Coalition, which lobbied against the application.
The group submitted a petition with 2,300 signatures to Queen’s Park two weeks ago, calling for a moratorium on issuing commercial water-taking permits, and for stronger protection of water resources from commercial sale... Read More