Jan 18, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Deputy premier Deb Matthews says Ontario’s proposal to charge water-bottling companies more for taking water from the ground is necessary – as the province moves to protect a vital resource.
The Wynne government wants to charge water-bottling companies a little over 500 dollars per million litres taken from the ground – following a public outcry over the current fee – of just a few dollars.
The group Environmental Defence calls the new fee good news – but says Ontario should also charge deposits on plastic water bottles, similar to those for liquor and beer.