A small but fast growing Ontario community looking for a safe drinking water supply was outbid in its attempt to buy a well by multinational giant Nestle, which acquired the site to ensure “future business growth.”
Last week, the government of Ontario Canada denied Nestlé’s request to test the water at their newly purchased Middlebrook well in the township of Centre Wellington.
Earlier this fall, the people of Ontario were outraged to learn that Nestlé had outbid a small Ontario community for access to the Middlebrook well for “future business growth.” Since then, the province proposed a regulation that would ban new and expanded water bottling operations in Ontario – including permits to test water for future water bottling opportunities.
Without the permit, Nestlé will not be able to run tests to check whether the well is a good one for water bottling. Given that the new ban will block their ability to take water from Middlebrook for at least the next two years, this could be the first step in dismantling Nestlé’s claim to the well.