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.