ELORA – The local organization Save our Water is holding a Zoom session on April 22 to update the community on the local water situation.
The situation has changed drastically, organizers say, as the moratorium on water taking permits ended April 1, and Nestlé Waters Canada was recently sold.
Registrants will hear from Save our Water as well as Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton.
Save Our Water formed to oppose a water taking permit in Centre Wellington at the Middlebrook well just outside Elora and there is still no permit.
“But this community and the whole province is now in a very different place than six years ago,” organizers say.
The session will cover:
– why Centre Wellington is not a willing host community for new water permits for commercial water bottling under any circumstances (hear from Linton on what the township has been doing on the water issue);
– learn about the new “game changing” policies the provincial government put in place on April 1 and hear about other protections now in place to defend water sources; ands
– find out what the sale of Nestlé means for water-taking in Ontario and especially at the Middlebrook well.
“The new regulations initiative started here!” organizers say. “The community raised the alarm, the municipality took action, and the province put new regulations on the books. Thanks to this community using its voice much has improved. However, the situation is still ongoing, so find out how you can be involved.”
Visit saveourwater.ca/april-meeting to sign up for updates and to ask some questions on Earth Day.