The Government of Ontario recently proposed an extension of the existing two-year moratorium on water bottling permits. If passed, there will likely be further research into whether the practice of selling water from aquifers is impacting groundwater reserves.
Robert Case — associate professor of Social Development Studies, member of the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute, chair of the Wellington Water Watchers says, “Given this issue's local relevance, the meagre value it adds to society per litre of water extracted, and the way it brings private-public conflicts, concerns about plastics, and corporate profiteering together in one place, it's not surprising that the water bottling industry has emerged as a starting point for these broader policy questions.”
Case's teaching interests and research focus on understanding the processes of community organization and activism concerning environmental and social issues in Canada. His recent research involved a comparative examination of the dynamics of community engagement in water activism in two Canadian communities, one of them being Wellington County, Ontario.