Guelph, ON – Nestlé Waters Canada is excited to announce a $460,000 donation to the University of Guelph (U of G) that will enable its innovative groundwater research program to conduct new leading-edge research in Wellington County. The funds will go to the G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater Research, based at U of G, and will support its bedrock groundwater research program.
Ensuring safe and sustainable groundwater supplies is the goal of the G360 Centre. Led by engineering professor Beth Parker, the program studies groundwater and surface water interaction in fractured sedimentary bedrock. “Protecting drinking water from harmful contamination and exploitation is a shared responsibility”, said Parker, who holds a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair. She adds that “municipalities are facing significant water demands through residential and industrial growth”.
More than one million people living in some of southern Ontario’s fastest-growing communities, including Guelph, rely on bedrock aquifers for their water. As such, southern Wellington County will greatly benefit from this research, as the scientific knowledge of the local groundwater resources and their sustainable management is essential for the development of the region.
“The Township of Puslinch is very supportive of the great research led by Dr. Parker,” said Mayor Dennis Lever. “This generous donation from Nestlé Waters Canada will support an important research project that will help us better understand this key resource.”
Nestlé’s contribution will be used to enhance G360 research and community outreach, and to develop groundwater-sourced water protection and monitoring initiatives in collaboration with the communities involved. The funding will mobilize the Southern Wellington County Groundwater Study, which will examine groundwater sustainability issues facing small to moderately-sized suburban communities.
“The ultimate goal is improved groundwater resource utilization polices and public awareness of the importance of sustainable water strategies and we are excited to be able count on Nestlé Waters’ support for this project”, Parker said.
Andreanne Simard, Natural Resource Manager at Nestlé Waters Canada, stated that “Nestlé strives to add value to the community, not only through its operations. Water sustainability is Nestlé’s number one priority and we are proud to support this research program that will contribute to the protection of this vital resource.”
G360 researchers hope to leverage this funding to obtain a federal municipal infrastructure grant. Researchers would use the funding to create high resolution, multi-level groundwater monitoring networks, providing critical information to environmental scientists, planners, policy-makers, and the public.
Nestlé’s contribution was provided through the University Consortium for Field Focused Groundwater Research which operates through G360. Including professors, industry sponsors, scientists, practitioners, government representatives and students, it’s been a global leader in research, international collaborations, and training for nearly 30 years.
About Nestlé Waters Canada
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is affiliated with Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.