GUELPH - Today, the Government of Ontario addressed several outstanding issues that have been part of the public dialogue on water. We as a company – and our hundreds of employees in southwestern Ontario – are pleased with the direction the government is taking. This is good news for all Ontarians as the government continues to focus on ensuring a secure water future for the province. We are keen to participate in science-based conversations with all community stakeholders.
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"We are fully supportive and share the Ontario Government's commitment to protecting water resources," said Debbie Moore, President of Nestlé Waters Canada. "Through investment in an industry-leading monitoring program over the last 15 years in Aberfoyle and Erin, we have been sharing information with the government and local community. We will continue to offer this science and transparent data to all stakeholders that share our commitment to water sustainability and conservation throughout this process."
We plan to be fully engaged in the consultation along with our neighbours and other water users in the Wellington County community and across the public. Public consultation on water sustainability, pricing and future planning are extremely important. We look forward to meeting the province's challenge to be even more transparent sharing data on water withdrawal in an easy to access manner with the public. We will continue to work with local and provincial governments, environmental agencies and community groups, our employees, as well as local residents on a thorough approach to water resource management to ensure the community's needs come first.
The two-year moratorium, announced today by the government, means there will not be a pump test on the Middlebrook water source over this period. As a result, the community will have to wait for critical data to inform future planning.
Our bottling operations provide high quality jobs and healthy, sustainably-produced water products for Ontarians. We look forward to a long future contributing to the economy of the province, supplying consumers with products they appreciate, and working with governments and communities to ensure that water is responsibly managed, with the public interest first and foremost in mind.
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