Ontario's proposed water-bottling fee a step toward recognizing true value of water

Pricing structure will lead to greater protection of freshwater resources

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2017 /CNW/ - In response to the Ontario government proposal announced today to increase the water-bottling fee to $500 from $3.71 per million litres of groundwater taken, WWF-Canada released the following statement from Elizabeth Hendriks, vice-president of freshwater conservation:

"WWF-Canada applauds the province for its commitment to protect freshwater ecosystems by increasing the fee on groundwater taken for bottled water.

"Freshwater is an important resource but it is at risk. WWF-Canada's Watershed Reports have identified overuse of water as a major threat in southern Ontario, undermining the health of ecosystems, communities and species that depend on water.

"Historically, the value placed on water has been extremely low, leading to overuse of this precious resource. Water pricing has been underutilized as an effective conservation tool. Ontario's proposed water-bottling fee is a significant step toward ensuring efficient use of water resources."

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SOURCE WWF-Canada

For further information: Rowena Calpito, communications specialist, media@wwfcanada.org, +1 416-489-4567 Ext. 7267

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