The governments set the price rates for water, and we respect and comply with all regulations, wherever we operate.
In British Columbia, we fully support the new Water Sustainability Act and have for many years been promoting groundwater management, including licensure for large groundwater users in B.C.
We are pleased the Act intends to take a science-based approach to monitoring and measuring groundwater resources, and will include mapping of provincial watersheds over time to better manage the water resources. In addition the Act requires licensed groundwater users to report water withdrawals annually—something Nestlé Waters Canada has been doing in B.C. since 2000. We will follow the new rates when they come into effect in 2016.
In Ontario, we currently pay $503.71 per million litres extracted. In 2014, we paid $1,027,450 in taxes in total to the County of Wellington/Township of Puslinch/Town of Erin and both school boards. We are the largest commercial taxpayer in Wellington County.
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