From The Province
by Dan Fumano
Bottled water companies taking B.C.’s groundwater and selling it overseas have declined to disclose the amount they draw every year. They are not currently required by law to report this information, but some water companies, including Nestlé, have chosen to do so when asked.
Natural Glacial Waters takes groundwater from a well on Vancouver Island, bottles it, and sells it under the brand names Névé and Canada Icefield. Natural Glacial Waters management said 95 per cent of their product is exported overseas, mostly to Asian markets including China, Japan and Korea. When asked, management declined to say how much water they withdraw each year.
Whistler Water, officially known as Polaris Water Company, draws groundwater from a source north of Pemberton. According to Industry Canada, Whistler Water exports to 11 countries, including destinations in Asia and Europe.
They also refused to release information about the volume of water they withdraw.