As Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley residents continue to pray for rain, more questions are being asked about groundwater from Hope being sold.
Nestle Canada is collecting more than 200-million litres every year, for free.
Starting in January, the provincial government will charge the company two-dollars and 25 cents for every million litres.
Earlier this year, a petition was launched by critics who think that price is too low.
Liz McDowell with the group SumOfUs says more than 160-thousand signatures have now been collected.
“The concerns are huge. I mean, when you look at the fact that Metro Vancouver’s water reservoirs are depleting at such a huge rate, what you want to see is you want to see pricing or water rates for companies that encourage conservation, so don’t encourage them to take millions and millions and millions of litres of our groundwater for their own profit, you know, as little as companies like Nestle are paying $2.25 per million litres of water which is, you know, nothing.”
A spokesman for Nestle insists the water collected near Hope has no impact on current drought-like conditions.
In an email to CKNW, John Challinor says less than one per cent of the available groundwater in the Kawkawa Lake sub-watershed is collected by his company.
He’s also dismissing claims much of that water leaves Canada, saying only 2% is sold in the northern United States and the Asia-Pacific region.