June 8, 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 the 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, golf course irrigation, mining, pulp and paper, and tobacco growers. As outlined in its decision notice, CBA is encouraged that the Ontario government is conducting a broader review of its programs and policies as they apply to all water takers. We look forward to continue working with the government to safeguard groundwater in a manner consistent across industries, and proportionate to the 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
 Environmental Registry Decision Notice, June 8, 2017 https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTMxNTQw&statusId=MjAxNzE3