Ontario Implements Proposal To Hike Fees to Water Bottlers To Protect Water Resources

In January we reported that Ontario was proposing a big increase in fees for permits to take ground water for bottled water: Ontario Proposes Big Fee Increase for Water Bottlers

The new rules, which are intended to help protect water resources in Ontario, are now in place. Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, water bottlers will pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken.

The new fee will help recover costs associated with managing groundwater taken by water bottlers, including supporting scientific research on the environmental impacts as well as enhanced data analysis on groundwater taken for water bottling.

In Ontario, water bottling facilities must apply for permits to take water from groundwater sources if the facility takes more than 50,000 litres of water on any day.

In October 2016, we reported that Ontario had proposed a moratorium on permits to take groundwater: for bottled water: Ontario Proposes Two-Year Moratorium On New Bottled Water Takings From Groundwater. Ontario finalized a two-year moratorium on new and expanded water takings by bottling companies on Dec. 16, 2016. The moratorium will remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2019.

The government has also introduced new, stricter rules for renewals of existing bottled water permits

For further details of the new rules and fees, click here


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