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 current permit allows the current owner to draw 300 gallons of water per minute. Nestlé Waters does not anticipate that it will require a permit allowing a draw that is more than 300 GPM.
Nestlé Waters Canada always follows a thorough due diligence process when exploring a new water bottling site. We understand water is a renewable resource, but one that needs to be monitored carefully to ensure that it’s available not just today but for the future. Our due diligence 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 those resources.
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Being a Good Neighbour
We believe corporate responsibility is more than just good business – it’s a bond we share with the communities in which we live and serve. Being a good neighbour comes in various forms including support of local community programs and emergency support.
There are many local charities and causes in Wellington County that count on Nestlé Waters Canada for support such as:
Helping to beautify and protect our local surroundings
The Friends of Mill Creek
- What it is: Friends of Mill Creek is a volunteer, community-based organization that supports landowners in rehabilitating Mill Creek by undertaking fisheries and stream works, including stream bank reconstruction, stream bed re-grading, tree planting, culvert replacement and farm fencing repair.
- Our role: Since 2003, we have donated $121,350 through a fund administered by the Grand River Conservation Foundation to help carry out critical fisheries and stream rehabilitation work.
Green Legacy Programme
- What it is: The Green Legacy Programme was created to plant 150,000 trees in celebration of the County of Wellington’s 150th anniversary. That idea has grown to more than 1.7 million trees planted across the County by community partners, making it the largest municipal tree planting program in North America.
- Our role: We’ve planted 4,000 trees on our Puslinch property in 2014 and plan to plant again this year. The Company has planted 14,000 trees on its Puslinch and Hillsburgh property since 2012.
- What it is: The County of Wellington coordinates an Adopt-A-Road programme for County roadside clean-up. The programme is a public service initiative for volunteers to enhance the loca121,l litter collection activities of the community where they live by picking up litter along road right-of-ways.
- Our role: Under the programme, we have adopted a section of road allowance along Wellington Road 34 between The Hanlon and the Wellington/Halton County Line and kept it clean since 2008. Nestlé employees undertake a spring and fall clean-up drive each year, taking to the roads and picking up debris.
Developing parks and recreation spaces
Town of Erin Skate Park
- What it is: Located beside the community’s Centre 2000 recreational facility, the skate park encourages local youth to live more active lifestyles.
- Our role: We donated $20,000 toward the establishment of the park.
Puslinch Optimist Recreation Centre
- What it is: Puslinch Optimistic Recreation Centre has an outdoor arena and gymnasium to encourage active play both indoors and outside. The Centre offers open gym hours, camps, classes and an assortment of other sports and programs.
- Our role: We donated $50,000 towards the Puslinch Optimist Recreation Centre.
We continue to support local charities and foundations:
- Canada’s 911 Ride Foundation
- Work for a Cure
- Canadian Red Cross
- Guelph General Hospital
- Puslinch Fire Department
- Salvation Army
- United Way
- St. John Ambulance
Should the purchase of Middlebrook Water Co. proceed as planned, we will:
- Provide financial and bottled water donations to the Centre Wellington community. While we already make donations to the community today, we expect that our increased presence will generate more requests.
- Pay significant property taxes to the Township of Centre Wellington as well as to the County of Wellington and both boards of education.
- Require permits for demolition and construction as well as local skilled tradespeople to undertake these works.
- Require local suppliers to help us keep the site properly maintained.
- Require tankering services to deliver the water to our bottling plant when the Middlebrook well is used to support production.