Wells Voters Approve a Six-Month Bottled Water Moratorium

The citizens of Wells, Maine approved a water extraction moratorium, buying the town the time to craft a water use ordinance. From the Seacoastonline.com site:

They also approved a six-month moratorium on large scale water extraction in Wells, culminating a citizen uprising that began last summer in opposition to the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District’s negotiations with Poland Spring/NestlĂ©.

The water moratorium passed by a 3,773 to 1,765 margin. In an e-mail, Jamilla El Shafei, a leader with the Save Our Water group that spearheaded opposition to KKW’s involvement with Poland Spring, said the Wells vote was “an important victory and an issue which people in our area care about deeply about.”

Towns are voting in moratoriums to give them the “breathing space” to craft local water use ordinances, largely as a result of several Nestle/Poland Spring projects which didn’t appear on the public’s radar until they were almost signed.

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