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To: Government of British Columbia

Protect BC Groundwater from Bottling and Commercial Sale

Protect BC Groundwater from Bottling and Commercial Sale

Stop approval of groundwater licences under the Water Sustainability Act for the bottling and commercial sale or bulk export of groundwater from BC aquifers.

Why is this important?

Water is a necessity of life. The job of the provincial government is to enact laws and govern the province for the good of all its people and not just for the financial gain of a select few individuals or corporations. The government of British Columbia needs to protect and conserve our groundwater aquifers for the benefit of all the people of British Columbia. The government must stop approving groundwater licences for bottling and commercial sale that benefit only a few individuals and corporations, while putting the water security of thousands of other British Columbians at risk. British Columbia just experienced widespread level 4 drought this past summer, impacting residents and farmers who rely on our aquifers, and impacting rivers, streams and fish habitat. In the face of this climate change, and in the face of population growth our groundwater aquifer resources are under increasing pressure and people who rely on those aquifers for their only source of water are concerned about their wells running dry. The government must take firm measures to protect and conserve our groundwater aquifers for the people of British Columbia who they serve now, and for our children and grandchildren in the future. The people of British Columbia must demand that the provincial government of British Columbia take immediate action to stop approving groundwater aquifer licences for bottling and commercial sale and bulk export to ensure all the people of British Columbia have access to good, clean water for our personal needs, to grow our backyard gardens and to supply the farms that grow our food. Water is a precious community owned resource and must be protected for the future. Water is Life.


Reasons for signing

  • 1) it’s wrong. 2) It's closer than you think – I was recently looking to buy property in Hope BC and found a gorgeous home where the water supply was through underground spring. When I did a satellite view, THERE IS A NESTLÉ PLANT hidden off the beaten track in the forest! Apparently they had been pilfering water from Lake Kakawa. Since the house was not all that far from the plant, I have no doubt I’d be in competition with them for the water supply… Sadly, they would probably win!
  • Agri-food Canada has a program to grow the export of water from Canada. They assist with funding and "how to" information. The majority of the exported water (for profit) today goes to the U.S. As of 2017, the market in China has been targeted for its growth potential. Over 80% of the exported water comes from BC; most Canadians are largely in the dark. Any community that does not stand up to stop the export of water into INSATIABLE markets is crazy. Support each other - - share information.
  • I hate to say it but if there is one thing to be selfish over its purpose water. Look 20 years down the road and tell me we wont be desperate

Updates

2019-01-20 19:23:49 -0500

Posted a video challenge to our BC MLAs. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq90fuqlbDI

2018-12-19 22:20:19 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2018-12-03 00:12:48 -0500

500 signatures reached

2018-11-27 12:08:34 -0500

100 signatures reached

2018-11-27 02:37:14 -0500

50 signatures reached

2018-11-26 20:54:27 -0500

25 signatures reached

2018-11-26 17:27:51 -0500

10 signatures reached