A Story From A Loyal Customer And WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

We are always reminded of the quality and character of the people who visit us here at Boston Clear.  Each one of you has a story and we honor every one of them.  Serving you is our mission, which brings us to one more battle that we must overcome.

Please mark your calendar for October 2, 2018 at 7:30pm for the Lynnfield Zoning Board of Appeals (TOWN HALL- H. JOSEPH MANEY HEARING ROOM 55 SUMMER STREET, LYNNFIELD, MA).  While we are confident in our position, the neighbors who have lodged their compliant seek nothing less than shutting the spring and leveling all structures on the land.   Such an action would be unconscionable.  We need everyone’s support … and Andrea’ note, below, is why we work so hard.

Andrea Vallario was drawn to yoga through the interesting blend of spirituality through body sense, philosophy and poetry. She began practice by studying with a variety of styles and teachers and almost immediately began training with alignment and heart-centered focused styles while maintaining an open internal curiosity toward direction of further study (all from her website).  She, like you, is just one of the special caring people who are blessed to to connect with at the spring.  Here is a letter that she wrote to us and gave us permission to share it here:

With hope I write to tell a little of my story. I have been working through some health issues for some time now, and have come to find what I have been looking for in a local practitioner and clinical herbalist. During one of my appointments, he offered to fill my bottle with the water he had in his kitchen. At some point during the session, I was compelled to ask him, since I have been coming to see him some time, and every time I enjoy water from his home, my body would seem to respond positively. I noticed a difference in taste, how my body felt, and how it responded to drinking the water that was offered. He of course shared a little bit about how most people get their water supply. And although for 3 years I have been appreciating the purified, filtered water from my place of work, it tasted nothing like the water that was given to me at my practitioners home.
 
Since that time in the office, I have been making trips, approx 40 min drive) to Boston Clear Water and sharing what I have with friends. It’s worth it.  I feel a sense of foundational support when I drink the water from the spring, something noticeably different from the water from work, or any other filtered or bottled water which I have had over the years. I even do my best to ration it while working for I feel a sense of emptiness in the water that is not from BCW.
 
Additionally, I write to support BCW mission to provide safe and healthy, affordable drinking water to many people in our area. And most importantly, I feel a sense of peace and welcome when I am at the site, with it’s prayers, statues, candles, sanctuary. I notice how the people who come all have a sense of gratitude and warmth, one of generosity and peace. When I am there, I feel like we are all together receiving blessings of nature and giving back. 
 
Please consider the words of many who come here for healing and how we walk away in better spirits with an attitude of service and responsibility to each other.
Thank you,
Sincerely, 
Andrea Vallario
Andrea Vallario RN, RYT 500
Thank you Andrea!!!!

A Mineral Spring With A Spiritual Side

We welcome everyone to drink our water and we want you to come to our spring.

Each day people come down the long drive, park near our red building, pull out their containers and fill them.  We love seeing you, and that is the most important part of our work here.  One of the most rewarding experiences is talking with all of you and we marvel when we see parents teaching their children about our natural mineral spring … one more generation.

Sharing a small symbol of love at the spring

Boston Clear’s primary mission is to preserve this special place so that many generations will be nourished by our water and be moved by the peace that surrounds the spring.  We learn more about how special our spring is by gathering information on its history and talking with the people who come here.  Anyone who knows Anthony and sees him at the spring, knows that they are going to get more than water when they poke their head into his office.  It is about sharing, talking and connecting with the earth.

When Anthony purchased the spring, he envisioned a sanctuary for people.  That meant cleaning the place.  For those of you who have come here for years, you will remember that the previous operators were not only poor at running the spring, they were careless with the land.  Anthony had car parts and trash pulled from the wetlands soon after he took ownership. It was an arduous task.  While the debris has never had any affect on the quality of water coming into the spring house that is delivered to you through our vending operation, it was tarnishing the history and spirit of the spring.

For centuries, Pocahontas Spring has been a gathering place for people who honored the land surrounding the spring.  At times, it meant communing with neighbors and at others it meant a spiritual connection with the earth.  That is why it was important for Anthony to create a place where people do more than fill containers, it is a place where people come together … and you have to have respect for any place that brings people together.

The spring is open because we want people to come.  Anthony has preserved a peaceful garden where couples come to sit on our bench, individuals come to contemplate difficult decisions and children giggle as they place their hands in a running stream of cold water.  You cannot help but feel the magic of this place.  Certainly you can find most any place to meditate (here is a good article we found) but why not have THE place to go … Pocahontas Spring.

You will see statues and symbols around the property.  While they individually may seem to represent a certain faith, belief or heritage, the main message of all of these is that we are all connected.  As Anthony is fond of saying of the spring, “This is a hate free zone.”

The spring calls you to come and we will always fulfill our mission to allow you to have access to it … for water, for spiritual healing or for peace.

Plastic Is Choking Our Planet … Some Solutions

We at the spring are committed to clean water and that means a clean planet.  In addition to getting the finest water in the galaxy, you are doing your part to save our plant from plastic.  Refilling your containers at Boston Clear means fewer plastic bottles.  So let’s do a little calculation to let you know how you are contributing to a better world by not picking up a 12 oz bottle of water:

1 gallon of water equates to approximately 10 water bottles (12 oz each)

x 5 gallons/week = 50 bottles

50 bottles x 52 weeks = 2,600 plastic bottles NOT USED

So as you pass someone at the spring and see them filling their bottles, realize that their actions are keeping plastics out of our landfills … and our oceans.  Plastics have a life of nearly 400 years before they completely decompose … they decompose faster in water but that is just poisoning our oceans.

We always try to bring you good news here as well.  While we are trying to do our part to help the planet, we are thankful that there are some really intelligent people coming up with solutions.  One we found recently was an inventor who has launched a vessel to clean our oceans that are polluted with over 5 trillion pieces of plastic (wow!).  You can follow the progress of the project here.  Boyan Slat, a 24 year old Dutch entrepreneur, has built the largest floating barrier ever deployed that uses the ocean’s own currents to capture plastic to clean up the massive Pacific garbage patch.  It works like a giant piece of floating pipe that collects plastics then barges are dispatched to collect the trash clinging to it.  Will it work?  We hope so!!  It just launched and updates will be coming soon.  The challenge will be trying to figure out what to do with all the plastic it collects.

There are some other uses for plastics and we found some inspiring stories (and a few tragic ones) portrayed in pictures as to the life of plastic bottles.

So what else can you do to save our planet from plastic?

  1. Use glass containers and fill them at Boston Clear Water 🙂
  2. Say no to plastic – no bags, no straws
  3. If you use plastic or aluminum, recycle
  4. Shop at local farmer markets and bring your own bags
  5. When you are on the beach, pick up a piece of trash and put it in a barrel

Every little bit makes a difference.   It reminds us of a story from Sir Richard Branson who once told of a little girl who was walking the beach and picking up sand dollars and throwing them back into the ocean.  A man walked by and asked, “What are you doing there young lady?”   To which she replied, “I’m tossing these sand dollars back into the ocean because they will certainly die here on the beach as the tide is going out and the sun is hot.”

The man looked down the beach and said, “There are so many sand dollars here on the beach, you could not possibly get to them all.  So what difference does it make?”

The little girl picked up a sand dollar at her feet and threw it into the ocean then looked up at the man, “It made a lot of difference to that one.”

Make a difference today!  We want to eliminate 1,000,000 plastic bottles as a result of our efforts.  Stay tuned for updates!

A Registered Nurse Speaks Out About Her Search For Clean Water

We love  sharing stories of people who either visit our spring or share our love of springs.

Mary Richardson (BA, MS, RN, IBCLC) is a  registered nurse who is on a search for clean water.  So much so that she moved from her home in central Pennsylvania to Manitou Springs, CO (1,600 miles !!!!).

Mary shares a pic of a glass of water from Manitou Springs

She reached out to us at Boston Clear on her journey across the country and her passion for mineral water.  Mary informed us that there is a worldwide Baby Friendly movement, a group dedicated to standardizing care for infants … clean water being one of them.  However, clean water for babies is not the only thing they need,  they need nourishment that comes from a mother’s milk … so when some hospitals encourage powder formula, we introduce a water problem.  According to Baby-Friendly USA, U.S. hospitals that have received a Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) designation must follow certain rules about when and how they offer formula to new parents.

Young mothers, parents, are looking for guidance in their first days after giving birth.  Some hospitals provide free formula for newborns (courtesy of large formula makers like Nestle).  The fact is, this sort of give-away deters women from wanting to breast feed and then mothers’ milk soon dries up.  The result is that we have too many babies on formula that would be much better served having something better for them.  Mary recognizes that mothers can choose, but are they getting all the facts to make the right choice or are these choices driven by profit?

Many doctors recommend breast feeding for up to a year.  So how many mothers choose breast feeding for their child?  In the U.S., about 80% of women start out breastfeeding but a number of studies suggest that this percentage drops off quickly after the first month of life.  Only about half of U.S. babies (51.8 percent) are still breastfeeding at 6 months of age … by the time the child is one year old, only 34% are being breastfed.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

“Many mothers begin breastfeeding but need community support to help them overcome challenges they may face in the hospital, when they go home, or after they return to work. This support might include breastfeeding education programs, improved maternity care practices in hospitals, peer and professional support for moms; and adequate space and equipment to breastfeed or express breast milk in workplaces and childcare centers.”

A look at a map of breastfeeding statistics reveals a concern that some states, particularly the poorer states, experience shorter breastfeeding terms for their babies … the population in these states, the ones who can least afford additional costs, appear to choose the additional cost for formula over babies’ health.  That just does not make sense!

Our own Anthony Gattineri on his way to Manitou Springs, CO … connecting the water.

While Mary acknowledges these challenges, many hospitals do not fully inform mothers of the dangers associated with formula along with the great benefits of breast feeding.  As Mary put it, “Hospitals hand out formula like it’s candy.  I love babies, being a mom/baby nurse and when I found out, well my heart collapsed.

Mary presented all the information she could to the hospital about the trap in which they were putting new mothers and their newborns.  They took a tough stand and when Mary saw that there was no hope of her employer becoming “Baby Friendly,” she made the move.  Now, living in Colorado, she has found a new hospital and a new way of life.

The springs in Colorado are renowned and Mary has visited a number of them in the area.  One of the things we noted was that one of the websites we visited about the springs said that they believed that the springs “once were thought to have healing powers.”  Mary said they absolutely have healing powers!  The photo here is one Mary snapped on her porch enjoying a cool glass of water.

So what makes Manitou so special:

Rainwater and snow melt from Pikes Peak and surrounding mountains soak into rock fractures. As the water penetrates to great depth, it becomes heated and mineralized. The warm water naturally flows up into cavernous limestone where it becomes carbonated, then issues from the numerous natural and drilled springs throughout Manitou. Because the water takes thousands of years to complete its journey from mountain sources, it is totally free of industrial and atmospheric contamination.

Makes us thirsty just thinking about it.  As for Mary, she loves her move but misses her home in Pennsylvania.  Her dedication to exposing how big companies trade babies’ health for profit is to be commended.  Her hope is that the comradery among her new co-workers will spark some renewed energy to fight on.  Mary said,

“I think of our children and the future for our planet every day and feel I have a moral obligation to do my part.  I want to leave this world a better place.  My voice may not be the best, but I have one.”

Mary believes that the lack of information on what we ingest has spread to our water.  As she put it, we believe we can turn on the faucet and the water that comes out is safe … it is not.  Like formula, it is full of chemicals that imitate the real thing but fall short.  Mary told me, “We have to realize that we are taking toxins into our body if we drink water from a tap.  As a society we have to realize that we are causing our own diseases.  The search for pure, natural, nourishment will help us all live long, happier, lives.”

Mary asked me to share a poem she wrote about how big companies are robbing our babies.  We with her luck in her new life and will certainly keep you all posted on her spring journey:

FIRST ONE IS ALWAYS FREE

Dealers of liquid formula, pushed through open doors,

Supplying a neighborhood nursery, non-“Baby Friendly” floor.  

Watchful nurses taking note, heed this curious sight,

Bottles appear mysteriously, cloak and dag by night.

Central nursery cabs and bins, always plumply stocked,

Ready to feed formula, complete with swanky tops.  

Polished logos shining bright, glossy picture themes,

Fess uncertain knowledge and quite possibly, malice schemes.

Special hand-held bottles, come desperate to defend,

We comprehend, we realize, our moms are hooked again.   

We’re solemn and profess our part, and wipe our conscience clean,

“Just one to help a real tired mom, we pray she doesn’t wean.” 

We struggle to unravel, this contorted paradigm,

You see, breastfeeding education, demands a massive chunk of time.

Working thru the dead of night, grim reality sets in,

There is no rest, we do our best, keep baby skin-to-skin.

Request for aide and some relief, a real Lactation Team?

I guess for now, yet somehow, tonight we only dream. 

Bravely marching forward, call bells unending ring,

We require reinforcement troops, to fight this dreadful thing.  

We have borne some heavy losses, during these Baby Friendly Times, 

We call upon our government to halt these human crimes.

The WHO CODE needs our grave support, to protect the weak and poor,

From predatory companies, with delusions of grandeur.   

Our under-education is a disrespectful shame,

To not call out an industry, that both profits and seeks to maim.  

Ours moms and babes deserve better, though a third world-wide apart,

We stand united together, until death do us part.

  • Mary Laura Richardson

We Welcome Those Who Are Coming From North Reading

As we always do, we talk to our customers visiting the spring.  We have noticed a number of you who were getting water from New England Water in North Reading.   WELCOME!

For the people who you met over the years while vending at NE Water, please share our location with those who are now looking for mineral spring water.  We are located at 165 Lowell Street in Lynnfield, MA … look for our sign!

Boston Clear Water – 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940

Boston Clear and Pocahontas Spring is different from any mineral water you will ever drink or experience you will ever have.

First, you are welcome to take a moment before, during or after filling your container to find a moment of peace in our sanctuary on the side of the building next to the spring house.  There you can listen to the water trickle into the healing pool that has been a part of Native American history for centuries.  All faiths are welcome and many just come to find a place to be close to the earth.  Light a candle, sit on our bench and take in Mother Nature.

Our water comes directly from the spring house (no idea how old it is but it was before the creation of the United States), through a filter to remove any small particles, like rocks that could come up through the earth, and then the water passes an ultraviolet light destroying any bacteria.  The water is then dispensed into your container.

Bring your own container, we can accommodate any size container.  If you need a container, we offer our own glass jugs is cases (4 1-gallon containers) for a donation of $20.  When our offices are open, please stick your head in, share a story with the protector of the spring, and get your bottles.  We recommend that you store water in a dark, cool place until your drink in your home.

Our business is PEOPLE … we just also happen to provide the most amazing water on the planet.  We want to hear from you about your experience at Boston Clear so keep coming back to our blog, check out our Facebook and we Tweet stories of interest related to water, our planet, spiritual healing and health.

In a time when there are so many stories of water contamination throughout our area, come to a source of water that has been in operation for over 100 years …  a place where people have gathered to celebrate life for centuries.

We are conveniently located in a Hate Free Zone … all are welcome.

For those who are new to the spring, tell your friends about us and let us know what you think of our water by emailing us at aqua@BostonClearWater.com … or just stop by and tell us a story!

And The Story Continues … No Decision On Boston Clear’s Operation

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to support Boston Clear.  The Lynnfield ZBA clearly made note that they heard from many of you about how important our water is to you.  However, they did not hear the case because of other cases that were scheduled before us.

Lynnfield ZBA Meeting Sep 11, 2018

For those who showed up Tuesday at 7:30pm, it was over 3 hours and 30 minutes before ZBA Chairman John Fallon recognized the Boston Clear case.  It was clear, no pun intended, that our case would not be heard and it was also clear that the position of the neighbors who have started this needless fight are not backing down.  Their goal is to close the spring and have everything on the lot razed.

Boston Clear is scheduled to be the first case on the agenda on October 2, 2018 … 7:30pm at Al Merritt (600 Market Street, Lynnfield, MA).  One of the items that members of the committee said will NOT be part of the discussion is the quality of the water.  What?!  Among themselves they talked about our case and how the next meeting would proceed.  In those comments they recognized that the water is high quality and that a number of people have reached out to them about how important it is that the spring remain open.  Even so, Chairman Fallon said of the upcoming decision, “One of the parties will leave here aggrieved after the next meeting.”

The decision before the ZBA is a big one for us because it is about our ability to serve you water.  That decision is even more important because of the continued cases of dirty, undrinkable water in towns around Boston, particularly here in Lynnfield.  That the ZBA would consider closing this important water supply is unconscionable.

Boston Clear has submitted its position that the spring has been in operation for over 100 years.  Anthony Gattineri purchased the spring with the intention of allowing people to continue to have access to the spring … that has meant nourishing water and a place to find peace.  Anthony’s commitment to the spring can be felt by everyone he meets at the spring.  His handshake, his exchanging of stories, his personal knowledge of the people who visit, all are from an era that seems to echo back to a time lost … a time that our parents told us that once existed … a time when people genuinely cared about one another.

We ask for your support because we think that this decision by the ZBA must be something other than zoning, because that question was answered long ago.  Boston Clear obtained affidavits and has spent tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees just to track down people who have had to have their lives interrupted to give a statement that says, “I saw this spring open and people buying water there on a specific date.”  It is madness and the neighbors have gone to great lengths to harm our little company … and in turn, the people who want to come here.

This upcoming decision is about citizens’ rights to clean drinking water and a place to find peace, to worship as free people.

Stay tuned, we will be organizing our support efforts in the upcoming weeks.  In the meantime, you can still expect to see a welcoming smile on Anthony’s face and to be able to purchase the finest water in the universe.

One More Meeting In Lynnfield Regarding Boston Clear

Boston Clear will once again be defending your rights to be able to come get our precious water in a Lynnfield Zoning Board of Appeal Meeting on Tuesday, September 11 (7:30pm) at AL MERRITT CENTER 600 MARKET STREET LYNNFIELD, MA 01940

The issue is that there are four neighbors who do not want the spring to operate.  The four dominated a past ZBA meeting that consumed hours of time leading to no decision in the Boston Clear case and pushed back other cases that Lynnfield needed to address.

We are confident in our ability to move forward and hope that this meeting is the last so that we can move on and focus on serving our customers.  In times like this ,where clean water is a crisis in this country, we need to have a clean source for our families.  Many water supplies in the area, including that of Lynnfield Central Water District , are have trouble delivering clean water to its customers.

First, you need to know that a decision was made that Boston Clear could operate … thus the spring has remained open as it has for over 100 years.  However, four neighbors near the spring complained, thus the appeal.  (Here is the agenda that breaks down the case).

The CASE #18-14 Mary Bliss, Andrew Gallucci, Willis O’Brien and John Sievers, 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield 01940.  Here are the three issues these neighbors raised:

1) Boston Clear Water Company, LLC is unlawfully practicing a commercial use in a residential district (Single Residence C district) at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940, as there is insufficient evidence to establish that a lawful preexisting non-conforming commercial use ever existed on said property.

2). To the extent that commercial activity was ever lawfully permitted at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA, as a lawful preexisting non-conforming use prior to the adoption of Zoning in Lynnfield, said use was unlawfully extended without relief from the Lynnfield Zoning Board and therefore is not protected from zoning enforcement as a lawful preexisting non- conforming use.

3). To the extent that commercial activity was ever lawfully permitted at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA, as a lawful preexisting non-conforming use prior to the adoption of Zoning In Lynnfield, all of said uses have since been abandoned for a a period of two (2) years, and therefore the use is no longer lawful and is not protected from zoning enforcement as a lawful preexisting non-conforming use, nor can the use of the property revert to commercial.

The requested relief from these four neighbors is as follows:

Order Boston Clear Water Company, LLC to immediately and forever cease and desist from all commercial use and related activity at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA. B. Order Boston Clear to remove all tangible commercial items and vehicles of every kind from 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA. C. Order the immediate demolition and removal of all commercial structures and debris at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA. D. Provide any further relief and issue any and all other orders and remedies the Board may deem appropriate and necessary to forever stop, enjoin, andremedy all of Boston Clear’s ongoing Zoning violations occurring at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield.MA.

We are confident in our approach and while we have grown weary of these unfounded complaints, it is time to move put closure to this matter.

Lend your voice and tell the ZBA what you think about the spring and its importance to your life.  You can contact the ZBA here or come to the meeting and let them know yourself.

We want to write more on the issues that are important to you … this one is important and we hope it is resolved tomorrow, we have more important work to do saving lives and the planet.

Can The Public Water System Ever Be Fixed? Probably Not

As we hear from all of those who stop by the spring, we are convinced that there are so many issues with our public water treatment facilities.  Our customers share their stories of why they come and more are telling us that they were driven here because they believe in the healing qualities of our water.  However, they also tell us that they no longer trust the water supply from their own town’s water system.

Your stories inspire us to do more outreach.  Beyond reaching out to the local residence  of Lynnfield, MA who  have been affected by discolored water that city officials think is “safe to drink,” we try to bring you stories  to share in your network about the challenges we face in finding safe drinking water.  It is a challenge.

In New Hampshire, there were 14 cases of Legionnaires’ disease from contaminated water systems at the Sands Resort at the end of July or beginning of August, including one person who died.  This contamination is circulated back through the public water system and treated with known strong chemicals like Chlorine.  We just do not believe that adding more chemicals to water is the best long term solution for bringing clean water to our faucets.  The truth is, that may never happen.

The cost for “fixing” Lynnfield’s water supply  was estimated to be from between $4 million (local fix) and $30 million (tie into the state water supply) and will take years.  We are  not even sure what “fixed” means because if it  just means the water is clear, we still cannot be sure of the chemicals still contained in it.  Also, the fix means that it even if the water was drinkable at the treatment plant, could it still be so after traveling miles in aging pipes?  The cost of replacing every pipe, up to the  point of where it comes out of the faucet would be cost prohibitive for any town like Lynnfield and there are THOUSANDS OF  TOWNS LIKE LYNNFIELD.

Drinking water, like what you find at our  spring in Lynnfield, comes from deep (we don’t even know how deep) within the earth.  The Pocahontas Spring is a gift that has found its way to the surface, through some miracle of nature, to your bottles that you fill here.  Those  who come to  our spring are just the beginning of a movement where people will be retrieving their own drinking water from a trusted source.  We cannot imagine a time in the foreseeable future where this  trend changes.

We keep our water affordable, available and pure.  Your coming to our spring reminds us of the trust you have instilled in us and the commitment we have made to the community … to the world.

Lynnfield MA Residents Affected By Contamination Get Free Water At Spring

We have people coming from all across the state, across the country, to visit our spring.

Last weekend, we offered free water to Lynnfield, MA residents who provided us with a copy of their Lynnfield Center Water District water bill.  We have extended the offer through September 10, and may go beyond that.   While the quality of our water is unmatched by any public water supplier on its best day of operation, we want to provide a solution to the community where we operate.

This problem is not unique to Lynnfield.  Each week we hear of problems with the water quality from coast to coast … and we are watching.

When you come to the spring simply go to the vending filler to the far left of the red building, turn on the spigot, fill your jug and deposit a copy of your water bill through the mail slot at our front door.  Like much of what we do, we rely on the honor system.

While you are at the spring, get to know the person next you.  We all come to the spring for reasons that are beyond just filling water containers … we are all searching for something and chances are that “something” is at the spring.

Cheers!!