It’s outrageous -- Nestlé draws 4.7 million litres of water from Ontario every single day, and is looking to take more. Nestlé’s permits have expired -- some of them years ago -- and yet the government is refusing to make a decision on whether to renew them.
A brand new poll of Ontario residents shows, across party lines, Ontarians want Nestlé, and the bottled water industry, out of Ontario for good. Over 50% of Ontarians want bottled water permits phased out in the next two years and 64% of Ontarians think that corporations, like Nestlé, shouldn't have control of their groundwater.
Premier Wynne is heading into an election and is hoping Nestlé’s greedy water grabs won’t come up until after the votes have been cast. A huge outcry now can propel this issue into the limelight and pressure Wynne to phase out the bottled water industry and protect Ontario’s water for good.
Tell Premier Wynne to phase out permits for bottled water for companies like Nestlé.
Everyday in Ontario 7.6 million litres of water is pumped out, on expired permits, by bottled water companies. And over two thirds of that is taken by Nestlé. Not only that, but Nestlé wants to take an additional 1.6 million litres per day at a new well.
Local residents and advocates have been fighting Nestlé’s profiteering for years. And local First Nations are strongly opposed to Nestlé’s water grabs.
We know we have the will of Ontarians behind us and we can leverage this unique opportunity to support these groups in protecting this vital resource from Nestlé’s greed, if we come together now.
Premier Wynne has bowed to public pressure before. In 2016, she changed the regulations around water-taking permits to include a two-year moratorium on new permits, as well as increasing the cost to draw water from Ontario’s precious aquifers. It’s time to turn the heat up again and ensure that she gets the message: Ontario doesn’t want Nestlé, and other bottled water companies, to have its water.
Call on the Ontario Premier to phase out permits for water corporations like Nestlé.
SumOfUs has helped local allies to protect water from Nestlé’s greed. Over 250,000 caring members like you signed a petition to tell Oregon governor Kate Brown to stop Nestlé from setting up shop in Cascade Locks. We partnered with local activists and, because of that pressure, the governor prevented Nestlé from taking this small community's water. We know that, together, when we take on Nestlé and the bottled water industry, we win.