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NDP wants public to have a say in overhaul of Ontario's water-taking permit program

Nestle protest at Guelph City Hall on Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo - Matthew Scigliano - 570 News)

Ontario’s opposition parties want the public to have a say as the Liberal government overhauls the province’s water-taking permit program this fall.

The New Democrats say a public review must be part of a new provincial strategy to treat water as a public trust.

The trust would put drinking water, sanitation and agricultural uses ahead of commercial users.

Guelph residents are fighting an application by multinational Nestle to renew its permit to take up to 3.6 million litres a day from its well in nearby Aberfoyle.

The residents say they’re concerned about their future drinking water supplies.