Category Archives: Erin

A Letter from the Friends of Hillsburgh Water

Last spring you attended a showing of “BOTTLED LIFE” at the Erin Legion and I felt you deserved an update.

Nestle had applied for a ten year renewal of the existing permit, but also requested a “spike rate” of an additional 10% on the maximum quantity withdrawn. Despite significant public disapproval and Erin Council voting against the renewal, a permit renewal for five years was indeed granted by the Ministry of the Environment (Sept). The permit renewal included mandatory reductions as …

Join WWW and Friends of Hillsburgh Water for Bottled Life at the Festival of Moving Media

Despite considerable concern and opposition in the community, on September 28th this year Nestle Waters’ permit to take 1.1 million litres of water per day from a well near Hillsburgh, Ontario was renewed. Since then, Nestle Waters has filed an appeal that challenges provisions of the permit that would place mandatory restrictions on its water-taking operations during periods of drought.

Join us on Thursday November 1 for a public screening of the film Bottled Life along with a short presentation from …

Rural Outreach

We have been active with Friends of Hillsburgh water and the recent campaign regarding Nestle’s latest permit renewal.  The community in the Erin and Hillsburgh area have been very active with large numbers of concerned citizens attending movie nights, council meeting and more.   We await the decision of the MOE regarding this permit where up to 1.1 million litres of water are trucked 50kms to the Nestle plant in Aberfoyle.

Friends of Hillsburgh Water pack council chambers to address Nestle permit

by Mike Robinson


It appears Hillsburgh Water has a lot of friends.

On May 1, council chambers were again packed with members of Friends of Hillsburgh Water (FHW) and those interested in the Nestle Waters proposal to extend its local water drawing permit by 10 years.

The delegation appeared to have a supportive contingent on council; however, the final decision ultimately does not lie with council.

Brochures distributed by FHW stated, “We’re a group of town of Erin citizens acting to protect …

Please take a moment to let your voice be heard!

Pass Or Fail?

  1. When the MOE considers a permit like Hillsburgh’s,it focuses solely on water-taking – not resource depletion, air pollution, noise pollution, infrastructure degradation, solid waste generation, reduction in property values along trucking routes, safety risks, and so on..Does this live up to the following MOE Statement of Environmental Values?

    “The Ministry considers the cumulative effects on the environment; the interdependence of air, land, water and living organisms.”

    PASS       FAIL   ✓
  2. “The Ministry considers the effects of its decisions on current …