Meeting with Minister strengthens two-way communication
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Meeting with Minister strengthens two-way communication around Nestlé’s water taking permit acquisition
CENTRE WELLINGTON – On Wednesday, Sept. 30 Mayor Linton, CAO Andy Goldie, Managing Director of Infrastructure Colin Baker and the Township’s Hydrologist Ray Blackport, joined by MPP Ted Arnott attended a meeting with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) Minister Glen Murray and Ministry staff at Queens Park to discuss the Nestle’s water taking permit and acquisition.
Main discussion points for the Township included:
- Community concerns about the potential negative impacts of consumptive water taking
- Based on our growth predictions from the County to approximately 50,000 by 2041, we need assurance by the Ministry that Nestle demonstrates no negative long term impacts on our water supply
- Ensure that we receive all of the data required from the tests to benefit our own long-term water planning
- Need protection for our existing wells (private and municipal) through detailed well protection agreements
- Agreement that the MOECC will review the Nestle permit to take water to ensure that Nestle Water is not reserving capacity that they do not need from a bottled water production perspective.
“The matter involving Nestlé Water’s potential water-taking activities on the Middlebrook Road site has evoked numerous emotions throughout the community” said Mayor Kelly Linton. “We are proactively seeking assurance for the long term protection of our water supply in regards to quality and quantity to meet our future growth requirements. We are confident that yesterday’s meeting has strengthened the two-way communication between the Township and the MOECC Minister and his staff. The MOECC is making this a priority and will work with us during the entire process”.
Nestlé Water is currently undergoing a due diligence phase in assessing the water quality and quantity of the onsite well as part of their assessment to purchase the site and seek approval from the MOECC for a new a water taking permit to support their current operations in Aberfoyle. Nestlé Water has advised the Township that the decision regarding the property acquisition and water taking permit will take place in 2016 based on their current due diligence work plan.
The authority to take water is regulated and managed solely by the Province MOECC and is regulated under the Ontario Water Resources Act, Section 34 – 3. 11 and Ontario Regulation 387 / 04 (Water Taking and Transfer). The Township has no authority in regards to water taking and has to undergo the same water taking application approvals from the MOECC for our own municipal water supply.
The Environmental Registry for the Nestlé Permit To Take Water (PTTW) pumping test application can be found by clicking on the web link below:
For more information:
Kendra Martin | Communications Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON N0B 1S0 519.846.9691 x220 centrewellington.ca