Summary of Recommendations

Summary of Recommendations and Issues in the Briefing Document, “Issues Related to the Middlebrook Well Permit To Take Water“

by: Athol Gow

Recommended Actions in the Document:

  1. The Ministry of the Environment should hold off on a decision on the new Permit To Take Water (PTTW) application for the Middlebrook well until both a Tier 3 Water Quantity Risk Assessment (WQRA) and a municipal Water Supply Management Plan for the Township of Centre Wellington have been completed.
  2. The water‐taking permit applicant (Nestlé) should be required to conduct a carefully documented well‐pumping test that should include private wells and continuous recording of water level data at all wells. The water level data collection should start two weeks in advance of the pump test and continue after it is over to better gauge the impact on local wells of removing water from the Middlebrook site.
  3. A thorough environmental study should be conducted to demonstrate that water‐taking from the Middlebrook well will not have an impact on plants, wildlife or nearby aquatic ecosystems.
  4. A requirement that, if a PTTW for the Middlebrook well is granted to the applicant, a provision be added that places restrictions on water taking during droughts.
  5. A full assessment of the Middlebrook site for potential well and aquifer contamination issues

Summary of Issues:

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Press Release: Friends of Elora Water

May 21 2015

For Immediate Release

Elora, Ontario: A small southern Ontario town has become ground zero in Canada’s battle for the right to safe clean drinking water. Local residents express outrage at news that Big Water giant Nestle is looking to export packaged water from the local watershed.

Nestle’s planned expansion into the community would see 1.6 million litres of water pumped each day from the local watershed. By comparison, this small community of 27,000 residents, uses 1.7 million litres of water from 9 well sites to meet the needs of every home, school and place of business. Big Water companies pay fees less than $4 per One Million Litres, while home owners pay over $4 per One Thousand Litres of water services. Read more