January 18, 2017 (Toronto) – 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. 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 government and are currently applied on a small subset of Ontario industrial and commercial water users. 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 government to safeguard groundwater in a manner consistent across industries, and proportionate to amount taken and environmental impact.
 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]
 Government of Ontario, Water taking report and charges https://www.ontario.ca/page/water-taking-report-and-charges