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Nestle Waters Canada hosting information sessions

Local activists, The Wellington Water Watchers, are planning to attend
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Nestle Waters Canada is hosting two information sessions that will include a question and answer session with senior officials.

They plan to have a short presentation on the companies operations and an update on permit renewals from Aberfoyle and Erin. 

Meantime, Robert Case, the Current Chair of the Board for Wellington Water Watchers says they plan to be at both information sessions. "We've had people there before - it's kind of a living Nestle Waters add. We don't expect to get the information that we're interested in - but it's good to go and ask some questions."

In 2000, Nestle Waters bought Aberyfoyle Springs to which they secured two properties - a well in Erin Township, where they got a permit to pump up to 1.1 million litres per day, and another well and bottling plant in Aberfoyle with a permit to pump up to 1.6 million litres of water per day. The company then expanded in 2015 to purchase another property in Centre Wellington just outside of Elora, which is known as the Middlebrook Well.

Case says the Wellington Water Watchers are concerned because of large amounts of water being extracted, the productions of plastics and the subsequent climate change impacts. 

"Why should we be allowing this water to flow outward into the back of trucks, into plastic bottles and out of the water shed? When we know that we are going to have population growth, climate change is going to impact the water that's available. Is this not one industry that we should let go?" 

Case says more needs to be done by the government to protect water supplies. 

"Really nothing has changed very much in how we govern our ground water. They are lining up now to apply for permits. I think our government needs to play close attention to these permits and start to make some decisions thinking ahead about what types of industries we want to give access to our water."

An information session is set for Wednesday at The Puslinch Community Centre starting at 6:30 p.m., another session is planned for Thursday at the Hillsburgh Community Centre, also at 6:30 p.m.


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