Nestlé is gunning for more of our water; 3.6 million litres a day to be exact from its Aberfoyle plant near Guelph, Ontario. The Swiss-owned megacorporation is applying for a 10-year extension on its contract to suck the Grand River watershed dry. If it succeeds, it will pay just $3.71 per million litres. That’s less than $15 a day!
This unsustainable water theft must end. Unlike other regions in Southwestern Ontario, Wellington County doesn’t get its water from the Great Lakes, it relies on groundwater.
Tell Premier Kathleen Wynne to reject Nestlé’s extension to suck Ontario dry. GO HERE TO SIGN THE PETITON:https://actions.sumofus.org/a/kathleen-wynne-stop-nestle-from-sucking-ontario-dry/?akid=20998.764135.kQCYKs&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1
In the last 4 years, Nestlé has upped its dangerous water extraction by over 33% from the Aberfoyle well, while the water level has dropped by a staggering 1.5 meters.
But Nestlé isn’t stopping there. Right now, it is vying for an additional well near Elora in Wellington County to pump 1.6 million litres of water a day. This is on top of a neighbouring site in Hillsburgh, Ontario, where it is already permitted to take over 1 million litres per day.
At some point, especially as climate change wreaks havoc across Canada, the water will run out.
That’s why we’re standing with the Wellington Water Watchers and others across the globe to demand that Nestlé be denied permission to seize our precious water supply for profit.
We’ve seen this exact scenario before. Nestlé was draining BC’s water table for pennies while wildfires threatened the entire province. Hundreds of thousands of us stood up and said: “NO!” Thanks to us, the government was forced to agree to review the water rates. We’ve done the same in California and in Oregon and supported the tiny county of Hood River to stop one of the biggest corporations in the world. Together we can stop Nestlé again.
Tell Premier Wynne we stand with the people of Guelph and Aberfoyle: say no to Nestlé!
Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Rosa, Emma, Nicole and the rest of the SumOfUs team