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4/18/2017 9:31:10 AM

Opponents of a proposed Nestle Water levy to the Town of Erin are urging councillors to reject the deal.

Nestle has proposed a voluntary levy of 50 cents per 1,000 litres of water it pumps in Hillsburgh. It includes a minimum annual payment of 25 thousand dollars.

Erin's director of finance is recommending that council accept the deal at its Tuesday (Apr. 18) meeting.

But Wellington Water Watchers chairperson Mike Nagy believes the proposal sets a dangerous precedent. He says no one, including any municipality, should be profiting from the extraction of water.

Nagy adds that Nestle's offer could be seen as an informal contract for reselling Ontario water, opening the doors to further 'commodification' of this precious resource.

In an open letter to residents, Nestle's Natural Resource Manager Doctor Andreanne Simard says the community asked them to do more?and they've listened with this new Erin Community Benefit Fund. She adds it would assist by contributing to the quality of life in Erin.

"We want to work together ? to recycle and renew ? and to ensure a healthy, respectful and progressive future for this community. Because we are not only in the water business, but the business of earning the respect of our neighbours while delivering results for Wellington County."    

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