Renewal of our permit to take water in Aberfoyle

On April 11th, as part of the normal process, 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.

1. What is this permit to take water renewal? 

It's the normal renewal process of the current water taking permit for our factory in Aberfoyle. It 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. 

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. Find out more about Middlebrook here

2. 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. 

Within the next few 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. 

3. 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 MOECC/MONRF, Grand River Conservation Authority and local municipalities. 

Like our neighbours, we believe in the long-term sustainability of the water source.

2015 Aberfoyle Monitor Report (30MB)

Summary of the 2015 Aberfoyle Monitoring Report

What do I do if I want more information?

You can contact us by email, telephone, in writing:  

And check out www.corporate.nestle.ca/en/ask-nestle