Middlebrook Supplementary Well Siting Project

Our Proposal

  • Nestlé Waters Canada is currently evaluating the Middlebrook Water Co. spring water source for potential acquisition as a supplementary well to its main production well in Aberfoyle.
  • The evaluation relates to confirmation that the groundwater onsite meets its quality and quantity requirements and, further, that a new permit to take water will be issued to Nestlé Waters Canada by Ontario Ministry of Environment.
  • The present permit allows the current owner to draw 300 gallons of water per minute (GPM). We do not anticipate that our needs will require a permit allowing a draw that is more than 300 GPM.
  • We always follow a thorough due diligence process when exploring a new water bottling site. Our evaluation at Middlebrook includes comprehensive hydro-geological studies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the spring site, as well as traffic management and air and noise studies to ensure that our operations will not negatively impact the local environment.
  • We are committed to managing our water resources effectively to ensure the long-term sustainability of our resources.

Project Location

Middlebrook Water Co.

Location: 7334 Middlebrook Road Pilkington, ON

Size: Five acres

Current Permit: The present permit is a five-year water-drawing permit that allows the current owner to draw 300 gallons of water per minute and expires in October 2015.

 

Our Commitment Pledge

The following commitments will be our driving force during the evaluation of the Middlebrook site and beyond:

  1. Consult with and engage the community throughout the entire siting process.
  2. Conduct due diligence at Middlebrook including comprehensive hydro-geological studies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the spring site.
  3. Consider the views of the community, stakeholders, local government and the regulatory agencies working with us on this proposed siting plan.
  4. Provide the highest level of protection for the well and neighbouring wells.
  5. Actively manage the supplementary well supply and resulting traffic to ensure that our operations will not negatively impact the local environment.
  6. Provide support to the Township of Centre Wellington community by being a responsible neighbour.

The Application Process

Each stage of this siting project is transparent to the community. This includes the public notice period and the opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide their comments. All permit application materials are publicly available by contacting Ontario Ministry of Environment.

STEP 1: We are required to file a permit-to-take-water application with Ontario Ministry of Environment in order to undertake a pumping test to verify whether or not the water on the Middlebrook site meets Nestle Waters’ strict quality and quantity requirements.

STEP 2: The Ministry posts that application on its Environmental Registry for 30 days for comment by all stakeholders and, once it has received all commentary, Ministry staff then review all materials related to the application and determine whether or not the application will be approved – and under what conditions it will be approved.

STEP 3: We perform the pumping test, according to the requirements of the permit.

STEP 4: If we determine that the water is of a satisfactory quality and quantity and we wish to have the source approved as a supplementary source, we are required to file a permit-to-take-water application with Ontario Ministry of Environment, accompanied by independently researched hydrological, biological studies and a corporate business plan.

STEP 5: The Ministry posts that material on its Environmental Registry for 30 days for comment by all stakeholders and, once it has received all commentary, Ministry staff then review all materials related to the application and determine whether or not the application will be approved – and under what conditions it will be approved.