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NEWS: Nestlé appeals mandatory reductions in bottled water takings during drought

Orangeville.com reports, “Nestlé Waters Canada is questioning why (Ontario) plans to impose mandatory reductions on the amount of water it can draw from its Hillsburgh well (near Guelph) during times of moderate drought. In late September, the (Ontario) Ministry of the Environment (MOE) renewed Nestlé’s water taking permit in Hillsburgh until August 2017. That permit allows the water bottling company to take a maximum of 773 litres per minute, or 1.113 million litres per day. One caveat, however, as requested by the Grand River Conservation Authority, forces Nestlé to reduce water consumption during Level I and Level II drought declarations. Until now, reductions during those conditions have been voluntary. …Even though (Nestle director of corporate affairs John) Challinor said the company already reduces water consumption during both Level I and Level II drought events, Nestlé filed a ‘notice of appeal’ to the MOE on Oct. 15. …Kate Jordan, spokesperson for the MOE, said in an email. ‘The company’s appeal request is currently under review.’ …Challinor is confident Nestlé and the MOE can find some resolution, without having an Ontario Environmental Tribunal hear an appeal.”

The full article is at http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/1523737–nestle-plans-to-appeal-moe-restrictions. For the April 2012 blog – NEWS: Concerns raised about Nestle’s request for water taking permit near Guelph – please see http://canadians.org/blog/?p=14694.