Today, the Ontario government announced that it would ban new water bottling facilities from taking groundwater for 2 years. It also stops existing facilities from increasing their groundwater taking or testing for future groundwater sources.
This is big news, especially for communities that have been competing with big water bottling companies for water. People across the province have been engaging in campaigns to raise awareness about the need to protect their drinking water, supported by grassroots groups like Wellington Water Watchers.
The ban will be in place for 2 years while the province looks into how it can more permanently protect groundwater supplies and ensure resources will be available for future generations. According to their press release, Ontario plans to:
“With this ban, Ontario is prioritizing water for people, communities and farms. Moving forward, we hope the province establishes a science-based program that ensures new water taking permits don’t compete with communities for affordable water supplies for its citizens,” says Nancy Goucher, Manager of Partnerships with Freshwater Future.
Freshwater Future Canada supports grassroots organizations across the Great Lakes region in their efforts to protect water. We would like to congratulate everyone involved in working to achieve a water taking ban and will continue to work with you to protect drinking water for everyone.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Nancy Goucher, [email protected], 647-749-9472 ext 2