The Ontario government has proposed a two-year moratorium on the creation or expansion of bottled water operations fed by groundwater in the Canadian province, in a bid to strike a balance between a burgeoning bottled water industry, a growing population and the effects of climate change.
The province vowed to take action earlier this year after a severe drought prompted questions over regulations that allowed bottled water to draw millions of litres a day of water from the province.
“Water bottling is a different kind of industry and we need to treat it differently,” Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s premier, said as she promised to update the government’s policies. “Thirty years ago, we wouldn’t have envisioned an industry that took water and put it in plastic bottles so that people could carry it around.”
No, really, this is twattery.
Mayor Kelly Linton said last week that Nestle did nothing wrong because it followed the existing rules, which he called on the province to change so municipalities get a better chance at securing a safe drinking water supply than a bottling company.
Nestle would still be able to renew its permits to take up to 3.6 million litres of water a day from its well in Aberfoyle, where it has a bottling plant, and another 1.1 million litres a day at a well in nearby Erin, another community in Wellington county.
Average Canadian household (ie, not including industry or agriculture, the two big users everywhere) water usage is 300 litres per capita per day. Or, for the 14 million or so Ontarians, 4 billion litres a day. They’re fucking about regulating people who bottle 0.1% of that?
It’s an irrelevance.
Worse that that. For if people don’t get a drink of water from a bottle then they’ll get a drink from the tap. Which comes from the same damn groundwater source as the bottled water.
This is the product of idiot environmentalism – allied with people having absolutely no fucking clue.