Nestlé Waters Canada Voluntarily Cuts Water Pumping Volume in Aberfoyle

To Press Releases listOct 1, 2007

Nestlé Waters Canada Voluntarily Cuts Water Pumping Volume in Aberfoyle

October 2, 2007 (Aberfoyle, ON) – Nestlé Waters Canada announced today that, in response to the Grand River Low Water Response Team’s declaration that the Grand River watershed is in Level 2 condition, they will further cut their pumping capacity by an additional 10 per cent, for a total 20 per cent reduction, on a week by week basis at their Aberfoyle source which is located in the Mill Creek watershed. In addition, they will continue to pump at a 20 per cent reduced capacity, on a week by week basis, at their Erin source in the Eramosa River watershed. When a Level 2 condition is declared, residents and companies who source water from the watershed are asked to voluntarily reduce their consumption by 20 per cent, which Nestlé Waters Canada is complying with.

“As a member of the Grand River Low Water Response Team, we are monitoring the watershed’s condition very closely,” says Gail Cosman, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the watershed, which is why we have been adjusting our pumping volumes throughout the summer, in response to the Grand River Low Water Response Team’s recommendations. We will continue to do so until the water use restrictions are lifted.”

Due to the persistent hot, dry weather and lack of summer precipitation, the Grand River Conservation Authority declared the entire Grand River Watershed to be in Level 2 condition, on September 28. In response to the declaration, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment will be sending letters to all Permit to take Water holders asking them to voluntarily reduce consumption by 20 per cent.

Nestlé Waters Canada’s primary well, situated in the Mill Creek watershed, is located at their Aberfoyle bottling facility. Since July 16, 2007 when the Grand River Low Water Response Team declared Level 1 conditions for the Mill Creek watershed, Nestlé Waters Canada has voluntarily been pumping at a 10 per cent reduced capacity on a week by week basis at the Aberfoyle source. While the Mill Creek flow rate remains in Level 1 condition, effective September 28, Nestlé Waters Canada began pumping at a 20 per cent reduced capacity, on a week by week basis, in recognition of the larger Grand River watershed’s level 2 condition.  

Nestlé Waters Canada’s second well, located in the Eramosa River watershed, has been pumping at a 20 per cent reduced capacity since September 6, when the Grand River Low Water Response Team declared the watershed to be in a Level 2 condition.

As an active member of the community, Nestlé Waters Canada works closely with the Grand River Conservation Authority and is a member of the Grand River Low Water Response Team. Nestlé Waters Canada actively monitors the water levels of their production wells and continuously collects date from on-site and off-site wells. They also monitor water levels and flows of the creeks and streams near their facilities.  

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