Let’s be clear, Ontario is not facing a water crisis, not yet anyway .
But let’s not fool ourselves, water is a finite resource and although Ontario is blessed with an abundance of water, it seems that the Ontario government is practically giving it away to commercial interests.
Nestle just outbid the Township of Wellington for a fresh water well near Elora.
Wellington wanted the water supply to ensure long term viability of their water supply for the town, Nestle wanted it to enhance their bottled water operations in the Guelph area.
The outcome of the bidding was a forgone conclusion; a large multi-national like Nestle has a lot more money than a community like Wellington.
But, what’s concerning here is that Nestle is getting the water at obscenely low prices.
They pay $3.71 for every million litres of water they draw from the well; yes, you heard correctly, $3.71 for every million litres !
Nestle takes about 3.6 million of litres a day from the Aberfoyle well, for which they pay a paultry sum of thirteen dollars !
Ontario simply has to do a better job of managing this precious resource.
When the government allows a huge, multi-national company to extract our water for next to nothing, and the multi-national’s interest trumps the concerns of the local community, we really need to re-assess our priorities.