Wellington Water Watchers Calls on Concerned Citizens to Walk for Water
Water for Life, Not Profit.
Tell Kathleen Wynne to say NO to Nestlé and the Aberfoyle permit.
For immediate release
May 25, 2016
Guelph-Wellington – Citizens concerned about water and the impact of Nestlé Waters Canada Permit-To-Take-Water renewal bid in Aberfoyle, are joining together in a Walk for Water on Sunday May 29th.
Shane Philips, provided the original inspiration for our Walk for Water when he began walking to Nestlé in Aberfoyle to draw attention to this consumptive water taking permit in 2010. In 2011, Shane took to the road again with 2 walks to Queen’s Park in Toronto to deliver his message of opposition to the Minister of the Environment about Nestlé’s renewal bid in Aberfoyle. We are thrilled to have Shane help lead us once again on this Walk for Water.
At 2:00 pm we will begin with a rally in front of Guelph city hall before heading south on Gordon for our Walk for Water. We will rally once again in front of Nestlé Waters Canada head office in Aberfoyle at 5:30pm. Along the way we will be repeating our mantra, Water for Life, Not for Profit, and tying blue ribbons along trees in support of our campaign Save Our Water.
We welcome Jan Sherman, Lois MacDonald and members from the women’s drum circle who will begin our 2:00 pm rally with a Traditional Territorial Acknowledgement and some water songs. At the closing rally we welcome Lindsey Brooke Johnson from the Six Nations on the Grand (organizer of the Two Row on the Grand) who will wrap up with a water blessing.
Wellington Water Watchers will provide buses to return walkers to downtown Guelph by 6:30pm. We will also have support vehicles during the walk to provide water refill stations, first aid and rest options for walkers.
“We walk on May 29th to honour our waters as a commons, not a commodity to be bought and sold on the world market.” says Dr. Robert Case, Wellington Water Watcher board member. “We walk to say, enough is ENOUGH. Too much has already been taken from the Aberfoyle site. We walk in solidarity with all those around the globe who are standing together to say NO to corporate profiteering from this life giving source – our precious water.”
Our technical advisor, Dr. Hugh Whiteley has observed that the most recent Annual Report showed that the average water level in the Middle Gasport aquifer that supplies the Nestlé production well has declined about 1.5 m from 2011 to 2015 while Nestlé’s water taking increased 33 % over the same period. This decline in water level is suggestive of a disturbance of the equilibrium between aquifer recharge and water discharge from the aquifer.
“Nestlé Waters Canada is applying for a 10 year renewal for their Aberfoyle permit,” stated Mike Nagy, Wellington Water Watcher board Chair. “We stand together to tell Kathleen Wynne to say NO to Nestlé . We will be requesting no more than a two year permit in Aberfoyle in order to assist a phase out of this permit and will also will be requesting no new well at Middlebrook.”
This is an open event and all are welcome to participate. Please bring a refillable water bottle.
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:
Dr. Robert Case
Board Member, Wellington Water Watchers
Board Chair, Wellington Water Watchers