This proposal is for a new Permit to Take Water (PTTW) to conduct a short-term pumping test over a period of up to two (2) years on an existing well which is currently permitted and owned by 1445036 Ontario Inc. in Elora (known as Middlebrook Well). The proposed water taking is for a pumping test for assessment of water quality and quantity only. This is part of Nestlé Waters Canada's assessment to seek a backup water supply for the main production well on its Aberfoyle site. The company is currently considering the potential purchase of the Middlebrook Well property and its purchase is dependent on the results of extensive hydrogeological studies and confirmation of acceptable water quality and quantity of the existing artesian well. This proposal is for a pumping test only, it would not authorize the water to be used for the purposes of water bottling, but solely to examine water quality and quantity.
1445036 Ontario Inc. was issued PTTW No. 5671-8B9KQ2 in 2010, expiring on October 31, 2015 for the Middlebrook Well. During the proposed pumping test, the current permit will cease to be valid. Nestlé has proposed a maximum rate of taking for the pumping test which is equivalent to the maximum rate of taking set out in the existing permit.
The pumping test water would discharge into the Grand River with permission from the Grand River Conservation Authority. The existing well is not located in a Wellhead Protection - Area.
Details of the proposed water taking are as follows:
- Current Source of water: Middlebrook Well (MOECC Well ID 670491)
- Purpose of Water Taking: Pumping Test
- Maximum rate of taking per minute (litres): 3,150
- Maximum number of hours of taking in a day: 24 hours
- Maximum volume of taking per day (Litres): 1,637,000
- Maximum number of days of taking per year: 60 days over a two year period
The current application is solely for the purpose of conducting testing. Monitoring conditions for the permit could include the following:
- Providing a written notification to all the owners of wells within an anticipated potential cone of influence prior to testing,
- Prior to and post pumping, measuring and recording well depths and depths to water levels of representative wells in the area of the pumping test and monitor them until 85% recovery is achieved,
- Recording the date, volume and rate of water taken on each day water is drawn during the pumping test and submitting these records to the Ministry through the Water Taking Reporting System, and
- Establishing a public complaints protocol.
The ministry will ensure that the results of the pumping test and other relevant information are made available to interested parties and the public if the permit is issued.
Following the evaluation of the proposed pumping test, should Nestlé Waters Canada pursue the use of the existing Middlebrook Well for the purposes of water bottling, they would be required to submit a new, separate PTTW application along with full supporting technical studies in support of a Category 3 application for review by the Ministry. This second proposal for a permit would also be posted for public comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry.
This proposal was posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting October 01, 2015. Comments were to be received by November 15, 2015.
All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.