Province proposes one-year extension (January 1, 2020) to moratorium on water bottling permits

Media Advisory from the Township of Centre Wellington

On Tuesday, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservations and Parks (MECP) advised the Township that they have proposed an extension of the current moratorium on new or increasing permits to take groundwater to produce bottled water.  This would extend the moratorium from January, 2019, to January 1, 2020. 

In June, Township Council approved a resolution - requesting that the Province of Ontario extend the province-wide moratorium on commercial water bottling until January 1, 2023. The Township met with Minister Rod Phillips and MPP Ted Arnott at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario annual general meeting to further lobby for the extension to the moratorium.  

Although the proposal from the MECP indicates a proposed date of January 2020, if approved, would allow an additional year to complete the Centre Wellington Scoped Tier 3 Water Budget, the Township's Long Term Water Supply Master Plan as well as the Provincial water management policy review.

More information and an opportunity to share your thoughts about the extension of the moratorium on water bottling permits by one year can be found on Ontario’s Environmental Registry at

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