Nestlé Waters Canada Voluntarily Cuts Water Pumping Volume in Erin
September 10, 2007 (Aberfoyle, ON) – Today, Nestlé Waters Canada announced that effective September 6th they voluntarily cut their pumping capacity by 20 per cent, on a week by week basis, at their Erin well, located in the Eramosa River watershed. This is in accordance with the Grand River Conservation Authority’s recommendations. When a Level 2 condition is declared, residents and companies who source water from the watershed are asked to reduce their consumption by 20 per cent, which Nestlé Waters Canada is complying with. The Eramosa River watershed has fluctuated between normal and Level 1 throughout the summer and Nestlé Waters Canada adjusted their pumping capacity in response throughout this period.
Due to a continuing dry spell, the Eramosa River watershed has received less than 60 per cent of the normal rainfall in the past three months, and the Eramosa River has now dropped to less than 50 per cent of the average flow for this time of year according to data collected by the Grand River Conservation Authority.
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.
“We are absolutely committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the springs we use,” says Gail Cosman, President, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Our position has always remained the same: If a continuing dry spell puts the watersheds where we operate at risk, we will voluntarily restrict our water withdrawals. We take these matters very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
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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