It will be two years or more before Nestle can move forward with bottled water operations at a well situated in Wellington.
The Ontario government has proposed a moritorium on issuing water taking permits for new or expanded operations.
Pump permits have also come to a halt, which means Nestle will not be able determine the quality and quantity of the well water until the province finishes a review of current regulations.
Mike Nagy with the Wellington Water watchers says it’s a step in the right direction because in many places like Wellington Centre that water is needed for the population.
“Most of Ontario right now is on level two water restrictions, believe it or not.”
Nagy stresses that with a provincial mandate for growth in the area, that well water will be even more crucial over the next 10 years.
The public has 45 days to weigh in regulatory changes that would reduce the length of water taking permits for bottling companies from 10 years to a maximum of five years.