People are worried about what commercial bottled water plants could mean to future generations. The Ontario NDP is proposing an Provincial Water Strategy that will be based on the principle that decisions about water must be based on the public interest and public access to sustainable water sources.
We need to ensure that Ontario is planning for its water needs now and for future generations.
Our Provincial Water Strategy will
- Ensure Source Water Protection Plans are implemented so every Ontarian has access to reliable, safe drinking water, and we can end water advisories
- Clean up the mercury in the English-Wabigoon River system and ensure funding for a dedicated mercury treatment centre so people can get the care they need after decades of mercury poisoning
- Launch a transparent and public review of the Permit-To-Take-Water process, especially bottled water, to ensure permitting provides for long-term stability, public use, and good watershed management
- Create an inventory of water, including measurement of use and return
- Ensure that communities have the water needed for planned growth
- Ensure Long-Term Water Use Planning based on current and future needs, and ensuring water use is sustainable.
- Collaborate with Indigenous Peoples to ensure traditional territories and foods are well-managed and protected
- Work with members of Ontario’s farming community to maximize their potential as land stewards, providing food for Ontarians and sequestering carbon
- Expand the Greenbelt and work with farmers and municipal leaders to protect Ontario’s farmland from encroachment by land speculators
Add your name if you agree that the water in Ontario should be protected.