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Ontario mulls two year bottled water industry ban

Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

Monday, October 17, 2016, 4:43 PM - Nestle might have outbid a small Ontario community on the purchase of a local well, but it looks like the bottled-water giant won't have access to it until 2019.

The Ontario government has proposed a regulation embargoing water-taking permits for new or extended projects -- meaning corporations cannot take groundwater to bottle or sell for the next two years.

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The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has also called for a halt to issuing new permits for pump tests (which are used to determine the quality and amount of water to be bottled), until the the province reviews its regulations. So Nestle won't even be able to test its recently-acquired Ontario well.

Ontarians will be able to comment on the proposed moratorium until Dec. 1, 2016, with the ban to take effect on the day the regulation is filed.

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Right now, Ontario law required industrial or commercial water users to pay the province $3.71 per million litres of water taken from the ground each year.

At this time the provincial government is not proposing an increase to this charge; however, the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry notes that the Ministry "will examine a range of pricing mechanisms that could be used to further protect and conserve water."

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SOURCE: Environmental Bill of Rights Registry | Government of Ontario Newsroom | Water-taking Report and Charges

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