Ontario is proposing a two-year hold on the  expansion of bottled water plants as the government moves to make water taking permits harder to get for companies.

One measure Ontario plans to take is to impose stricter scientific requirements for water taking permits by using studies that show the impact on local water supplies during droughts.

The government is apparently also looking for more public  transparancy in how much companies take.  It will attempt to do this by making organizatons create websites listing information about their water taking permits and showing the actual amounts taken every week.

There will not be any immediate increase on the current $3.71 the province charges for every one million litres of water taken, which the government is still reviewing.

This new proposal means Nestle will not be allowed to apply for a permit at a new well it purchased in Centre Wellington that the township had wanted for its drinking water.

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