Aug 16, 2013

By Andy Johnson

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INDEX: Environment, Ontario

The Wellington Water Watchers, Ecojustice and the Council of Canadians are applauding a decision to review a controversial water deal between Swiss food corporation Nestle and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The parties reached a deal in February that would allow spring water to be withdrawn from an underground source, about 40 km north of Guelph, during low water conditions. Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal says, in a written decision, that removing conditions requiring Nestle to restrict its water intake during droughts, is not within the public interest. The agreement came after Nestle appealed a Ministry of Environment ruling that gave the company a new five-year term but required that it reduce the volume of water pumped during times of drought. Nestle bottles spring water from it’s operation in Aberfoyle and daily takes more than 1,000,000 litres of water from the ground.

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