Nestlé Waters Canada proposed a “partnership” for its third well in Ontario with Centre Wellington township on Monday. The Council of Canadians is available for comment about Nestlé's proposal and its bottled water takings in Ontario.
“Even with a “partnership,” Nestlé still plans to use the well to bottle water in the future. Bottled water is entirely consumptive – meaning almost all the water extracted leaves the watershed and groundwater sources cannot be replenished,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “Nestlé must sell the well entirely to the community and we need a phase-out on all bottled water takings to protect dwindling groundwater reserves.”
In October, Nestlé bought the well in Elora – despite the local municipality’s attempt to purchase it to safeguard their municipal water supply.