March 22 is World Water Day, and to mark this day, the Council of Canadians is encouraging everyone to take action for water in their community. There are few things more important than clean, safe water, but the lack of federal government legislation, damaging and polluting industries, and water privatization efforts are putting water sources at risk.
Nestlé bottled water is an example of how corporate greed is affecting groundwater sources. Every year, Nestlé makes billions of dollars in profit by pumping water out of Ontario and British Columbia, bottling it in single-use plastic bottles, and selling it at an enormously inflated price.
And Nestlé wants to keep its profits rolling in. Last summer, Nestlé bought the Middlebrook well in Elora, Ontario – despite the local municipality’s attempt to buy it to safeguard their water supply.
The Council of Canadians with our local chapters, supporters and allies, put the pressure on the Ontario government, calling for a moratorium on water-bottling permits. The Ontario government has placed a two year moratorium on new or expanded bottled water permits, proposed more regulations for permit renewals, and raised the fees for permit holders from $3.71 to $503.71 for every million litres of water drawn.
But it’s not enough – we need your help to do more to protect water!
Ways you can take action for water on World Water Day:
Join us and help protect water by participating in World Water Day events in your community. If you decide to plan your own event, let us know what you are doing so we can highlight it on our website. Email your event details to firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t forget to check out our water publications, which you can use to help inform people and raise awareness.