Statement regarding bottled water charges consultation in Ontario from Canadian Beverage Association (CBA)

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario bottled water permits account for only 0.001% (one-thousandth of one percent) of the 377 trillion litres of total annual permitted water withdrawal amounts covered by active Ontario Permits to Take Water.1  As an industry, we work diligently to manage water resources in an environmentally responsible way. The charges for water use in Ontario are set by the government and are currently applied on a small subset of Ontario industrial and commercial water users.2 Ontario's permitted withdrawals for bottled water remain a small fraction of the total, while larger water users pay no fees for the water they take, for example: construction, manufacturing industries, sod operations, mining, pulp and paper, and tobacco growers. CBA members look forward to working with the government to safeguard groundwater in a manner consistent across industries, and proportionate to the amount taken and environmental impact.

About The Canadian Beverage Association
The Canadian Beverage Association is the national trade association representing the broad spectrum of companies that manufacture and distribute the majority of non-alcoholic refreshment beverages consumed in Canada. Over 60,000 Canadians are employed directly, indirectly and through induced jobs in the Canadian beverage industry. http://www.canadianbeverage.ca/

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1 Based on currently active permits listed in Ontario Ministry of Environment Excel database file at https://files.ontario.ca/moe_mapping/downloads/2Water/PermitToTakeWater [accessed 2016/08/23]
2 Government of Ontario, Water taking report and charges https://www.ontario.ca/page/water-taking-report-and-charges

SOURCE Canadian Beverage Association

For further information: Carolyn Fell, 416-362-2424, carolyn@canadianbeverage.ca

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