STOP water bottling plant from taking 4.32 million litres per day, of aquifer water.
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Cloud Ocean Water is a water-bottling business preparing to operate within the former Kaputone Wool Scour located in Belfast, Christchurch.
Using a 20-year-old permit originally granted to the land's former owner, Kaputone, the Chinese-owned enterprise could remove up to 4.32 million litres per day, or 1.5 billion litres per annum, of ground water, for bottling.
Under the historic permit, it is able to obtain these massive quantities of water, for next to no cost.
Aquifer water is a precious resource. In the Canterbury area, bore holes drilled at a depth of around 30 metres, is the only way to obtain a continuous ground water supply. Once depleted, these precious water supplies, cannot be replenished.
Due to the region’s impending water restrictions, it’s also a gross waste of such a vital resource - water is already limited within the Canterbury area.
As a nation, we need to care for, and conserve our water supplies as much as we can, not give it away. And with our oceans becoming more choked in plastic, aquifers are one of our remaining, reliable water sources.
This petition is to urge ECan's consent planning managers, including Phil Burge, to revoke this historic permit from the current land-occupier.
Upholding this permit would not be acting in the best interest of the land, assets, or our people.
An historic permit, such as this - to obtain such vast quantities of water (the equivalent use to that of 10,000-12,000 people per day), should be non-transferable.
New permits should only be granted as a strict case-by-case basis, with peer reviews in place to protect these resources.
Such permits should not be handed down, through change of land-ownership, especially where a change-of-use of the land, will incur.
It is understood, Cloud Ocean Water was preparing the Belfast site for the removal, and bottling of Canterbury water, on December 10.
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