Ontario: Deny Nestle Water-Taking Permit in Aberfoyle

  • by: Amelia Meister
  • recipient: Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Ontario, Canada

Nestle is currently seeking a 10-year extension on their water taking permit in Aberfoyle, ON, just outside of Guelph. The permit would allow the corporation to pump 3.6 million litres of water from the aquifer each day, and then sell it to the public.

In a time of climate instability, often experienced as increased drought periods, a 10-year water permit for hundreds of millions of litres of water a year is a completely unsustainable process.

As well, clean water should be a right and no corporation should profit from the public's resources. While locals pay around $1.50 per 1000L of residential water, Nestle pays the government around $3.70 for every million litres they draw and then sells it back to consumers at a huge mark up. This commodification of a basic human necessity must stop.

Sign today to stand up to corporate profiteering of public resources. By signing today you help protect water resources for future generations.

To the Honourable Glen Murray, 

As someone who values water, and access to water, greatly, I demand that you deny Nestle's water-taking extension in Aberfoyle. 

In times of climate instability, often indicated by longer and longer periods of drought, we cannot afford to commit to a long term, large draw on our water resources. 

This aquifer has already been drawn on by Nestle, and there is no long term evidence that expresses that the aquifer can support the citizens who rely on it and Nestle's giant draw. 

As well, the commodofication of water should not be happening in a province where some citizens do not have access to clean water in their own cities. Water should be a basic right of all Ontarians and selling our water resources so that Nestle can profit from them is an inconscionable act in a province where some go without clean water. 

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Update #25 years ago
It's been almost 6 months since this petition began and we have gathered over 100K signatures. Now is the time, until Dec 1st, where Ontario residents can have their say to the province. Please comment through the EBR. A local organization has made the process easy: http://wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/campaigns/water-for-life-not-profit/
Update #16 years ago
WOW! We're up over 60000 signatures already! Please keep spreading the word.
If you are in the Guelph area, Wellington Water Watchers is hosting a Water For Life Not Profit walk from downtown Guelph to the Nestle plant in Aberfoyle on Sunday May 29th. This is a wonderful in-person opportunity to show your dismay with Nestle. For more information and to RSVP: http://wellingtonwaterwatchers.nationbuilder.com/walk_for_water
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