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Renewal of our existing permit to take water in Aberfoyle

Has your permit expired?

We are currently in renewal process of our permit. In April 2016, as part of our normal process, we submitted our application to renew our permit for our Aberfoyle production source to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Although our permit expired on July 31, 2016, we have received confirmation from the MOECC that during this application phase, under the Ontario Waters Resources Act, Section 34.1 (6), the existing Permit to Take Water remains intact until the MOECC moves forward on a decision. We will continue to operate as usual.

What is the renewal permit to take water in Aberfoyle?

On April 11, 2016 as part of the normal process of our permit, Nestlé Waters Canada has submitted an application for renewal of the existing water taking permit for the Aberfoyle water source to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Our factory in Aberfoyle has operated for the last 15 years sustainably and Nestlé Waters is not asking to increase the permitted water taking limit – Nestlé Waters is applying to maintain the current permit level over a 10 year period. If you want to learn more about this, please click here.

In a separate process, with the same focus on water stewardship, we have applied for a pump test to evaluate a potential supplementary well in Elora (Middlebrook source). This test aims to ensure that the source can be operated in a sustainable manner and meets our internal requirements. More information can be found here.

What steps will you take to protect the Aberfoyle water source and surrounding environment?

Science and data drive all our decision making. We have over 80 monitoring points at Aberfoyle that provide us with the scientific data we need to make responsible decisions.

We have a detailed and technical monitoring program run by hydrogeology experts from both Nestlé Waters Canada and third-party technical consultants.

We have performed 5 pump tests, stream temperature surveys, biological monitoring, and installation of muni-piezometers and monitoring wells, single well response testing, downhole geophysical logging and water quality sampling. 

In conjunction with our permit, the results are provided on an ongoing basis to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Grand River Conservation Authority and local municipalities. Like our neighbours, we believe in the long-term sustainability of the water source.

What is the PTTW renewal process and timeline?

Nestlé Waters Canada submitted a PTTW renewal application for the Aberfoyle source with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on April 11, 2016. This submission included all year-over-year technical environmental monitoring data. You will find the 2015 Aberfoyle Monitoring Report on the right of this page (30MB document).

Within the next weeks, MOECC will publish the application on the Environmental Registry (EBR) site for public review and comment. The standard comment period is 30 days.

The MOECC will review the comments in accordance with the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Based on the results, MOECC will decide to issue or deny the renewal of the Permit to Take Water. The MOECC will take the time needed to execute a thoughtful, technical and rigorous review of the application.