Kitchener-Waterloo

Higher fees for bottled water companies in Ontario take effect Aug. 1

Bottled water companies will now pay much higher to take water in the province.

Water-taking fee jumps from $3.71 to $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater

Nestle Waters Canada's plant in Aberfoyle bottles and packages 56 million cases of spring water a year. (Colin Butler/CBC)

Bottled water companies will now pay much higher fees to take water in the province.

Starting Aug. 1, companies will now pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater taken. That's up from the province's previous price tag of $3.71.

Queen's Park says the new fee will go toward recovering costs associated with managing the industry, as well as toward scientific research on environmental impacts and creating better data analysis on groundwater taken for water bottling.

The province has also placed a moratorium on any new or expanding water takings by bottling companies until Jan. 1, 2019.

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