Recent media reports on the heavy water use by B.C. craft breweries beg the question: Who is really sucking B.C. dry?
Before the B.C. government recently decided to charge a well known water bottling company $2.25 for one million litres of groundwater, the same company took 285 million litres of free groundwater.
The company will pay $6.25 for an Olympic size swimming pool of groundwater, whereas an ordinary B.C. citizen would be charged $180. In other words, the company pays $0.00000225 per litre of water, which it then sells back to British Columbians for $1.75 per litre bottle, or for 777,777 times the cost of the bottle’s contents.
So please, let us all tell the B.C. government to charge water bottling companies the same it charges taxpaying British Columbians for water, and please, no more talk about craft breweries using too much water.