The Value Of Mineral Water

We appreciate everyone who visits our spring in Lynnfield, particularly those who have taken the time to stop in our little red house that serves as our intergalactic headquarters.

Over the next few months, you will note that the price of our mineral water is going to increase. There are a number of factors that go into making such a decision but we are confident that the value for the quality is without equal.

Water is not created equal. In today’s mass market of bottled water, consumers can easily be confused as to the quality of the water and the claims made by the bottler. Nestle’s Poland Springs brand is now part of a class action lawsuit centered around the company’s misleading consumers about the quality of its “spring” water. You may have noted an increase in the commercials for Poland Springs as this lawsuit moves forward (We bet you start noticing). The fact is, the rules on labeling favor big corporations, not the consumer.

So what’s the difference in water? We found a good article from Consumer Reports that gives an unbiased look at the different kinds of water. Mineral water is different and our water is different from any other. First, you can taste the difference in our water and second, you can see the source for yourself.

We believe that the ritual of coming to our spring, taking a moment to be thankful for this natural source, and re-using containers are all part of a journey that more people will be making. There is hardly a week that goes by that we do not see something in the news about the poor quality of the water coming out of American homes’ faucets.

We believe that we should provide a space where people can show their thanks for the water. While you can do that as your bottle fills at our vending positions, we make the area next to our red house available to give you a place to reflect on this journey … something you may not get with a trip to your local grocery store. Reflection is as much part of our water as the water itself.

Many of you have also shared your stories of what the spring means to you and your family. Some of you have become hubs for water distribution within your network of family and friends. I am sure that your efforts are well worth it.

Finally, we want you to know how much we appreciate the stories many of you share with us. We hear you and we are noting them to add to our special history.

A Poem For Spring

Mary Richardson wrote to us at the spring last year as part of her move from Pennsylvania to Colorado Springs. Her reasons for the move were quite simple, access to clean water.

Nothing says “Spring” like a Spring … with flowers.

Richardson is a nurse but her the hospital where she worked pushed baby formula, mixed with ordinary water, on new mothers and their babies. She now works in a lactation nurse in a Baby Friendly, hospital. “Baby Friendly” was coined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) who launched the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program to encourage the broad-scale implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or safely feed with formula, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

Mary, who now lives in Colorado Springs in a place called the Garden of The Gods …. and she only drinks water from nearby Manitou Springs, a town that has a few mineral springs.

During a recent walk, Mary was inspired to write a poem about the Blue Bell flowers she saw …. I asked her if we could share it here “Homage to Blue Bells.”

Why do Bluebells hang their heads down low

Are they tired or sad allowing their tears to flow

Assisting their roots with water to grow

It’s very possible we may never know

Why do Bluebells stare down at the ground

As if in a dream or lost in a sound

Wild things roam and creatures abound

Perhaps the answer can never be found

Why do Bluebells not come up for air

As if the sun is no more their care

They seem content to just stand there

It’s beyond comprehension, life isn’t fair

Why do Bluebells have a hunch on their back

As if looking down is a natural act

Dusty floors, a wall with a crack

Only an earthworm gets a look at that

A world without Bluebells would be a sorrowful place

They remind us of gratitude and private space

Things of true beauty can often be traced

To a Bluebell’s mystery of hiding its face

Remembering Lucy Marie Smith Vazzana

At Boston Clear, we understand that we are part of a legacy of stewards who have watched over Pocahontas Spring for centuries. One of those stewards passed away earlier this month; Lucy Marie Smith Vazzana.

The Smith Family At Pocahontas Spring

Lucy was the daughter of Joseph F. and Della Alice Rich Smith. Starting in the early 1900s, it was Joseph who began selling water from our spring and delivering it all over around the North Store in horse drawn wagons. We were fortunate to hear a story from John Smith, brother of Lucy, who told us about water being drawn from the spring to help fight the Great Salem Fire of 1914.

Lucy was also kind enough to support Boston Clear in its recent dispute before the Lynnfield Zoning Board of Appeals that has since been settled. Lucy knew the heritage of the spring and its importance of it being a resource to be passed on for generations to come. We even got a direct note from Lucy on our website not long after we took over; “I am so proud of what you have done to the Pocahontas Spring! I am sure my father is looking down and smiling. Thank you for preserving this beautiful God-given natural resource.” We have always felt the presence of people like Lucy at the spring and am sure she is looking down at us with a smile as well.

Before moving to North Carolina to retire, Lucy was a special needs teacher and taught at several different schools around Lynnfield. She was a longtime member of the Lynnfield Congregational Church where she was the chairperson of the church prayer group. Lucy also served as president of the Lynnfield Flower Club. 

After moving to Ocean Isle Beach, NC more than 12 years ago, she became very involved in the Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, and was a member of their prayer group. Lucy was someone who stayed active and enjoyed golf. She was a member of the Ladies Golf League of The Thistle Golf Club, the “Out to Lunch Bunch” at Ocean Ridge.

We are thankful for her stewardship, her grace in serving others and her support of our work. She will be missed and fondly remembered.

The Future Of Water

We are constantly monitoring the world of water.  While there is both good news about the drinking water on our planet, there is also troubling  news.  One thing that is for certain, there are changes coming.

As we head into 2019, we wanted  to share with you some  our observations on  water  issues.  You can follow us here throughout 2019 as we also adapt to the challenges of our changing planet.

Here is what to look for  in 2019:

  1. Tap Water Is Not Safe – Have you heard “They said the water  is safe.” Well, we need to know who “they” are and start pushing back.  In recent meetings with the Lynnfield Central Water District  (MA), management has told the residents the water is safe despite gray and dark water coming from the faucet.  In a contentious  meeting last week, LCWD faced angry residents who are concerned about their water.  LCWD proposed a multi-million water filtration system to solve the problem but residence wanted more information and requested a study.  The truth is, the study will likely lead to even more  expensive alternatives.  These types of meetings are taking place all over the  country as communities face the fact that our aging water systems cannot deliver quality/safe water to the faucet.
  2. Delivery of water is changing – For those of you who come to Boston Clear with your containers, you know how the delivery of  water  is changing.  For  years, we all drank out of the tap, then there was bottled water at the store,  now people are seeking out their own water supplies.  We appreciate your journey to our spring and offer a place to reflect on this wonderful resource, however the next delivery of water delivery system is evolving.  People are buying huge storage tanks and rely on tanker trucks to deliver their  water.  This is much like the home fuel oil delivery system we have today.
  3. The price of water is going to rise – Many of us never imagined paying $5 for a cup of coffee any more than we thought of buying a $2 bottle of water …  but here we are.  With water from the tap becoming more unreliable, clean water resources dwindling and hedge funds buying up  supplies (see #7 below), water is going to go up  in price.  We  noted a bottled mineral spring water at Whole Foods that is  being sold for $6.50/gallon.
  4. Plastic is out – Our oceans are filling up with plastic and the problem is driven by plastic containers,  particularly water.  It  is not uncommon for a single  person to go through 3-5 bottled waters each day.  Look for more refilling of containers and more studies  on the poison that seeps into  water from  plastic containers.  More glass please!
  5. Clean Ups Are Coming – After decades of polluting  and decades more deciding on legal responsibility /  price, cleanup of contamination on some sites will be coming.  The solution is going to involve taking ground water through filtration system, adding chemicals to treat the water, then pumping it back into the ground.  Will it work?  Time  will tell.
  6. The EPA is Behind – The EPA cannot keep  up with the  chemicals that are being dumped  into  the water.  People are flushing chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and trash.  A report by CNN  found that there are numerous chemicals in the water that are not even being tested for.  For those of you who love documentaries, we recommend What Lies Upstream … about a chemical spill into a river in West Virginia.  The people are poor and the politicians are enept. 
  7. Big Companies Are Buying Up Water Sources – Harvard, whose endowment is multi-billion dollars, has been getting into a new investment … water.  Hedge funds are buying  up  water supplies.  Even former president George W. Bush purchased thousands of acres in South America that contains a  large water aquifer.  
  8. What Happens Over There Will Happen Here  – We only  need to look at the challenges  in other countries to see what could come our way.  We say “could” because we think things can change if major reforms are undertaken.  However, in places like India, clean water is in such a shortage that towns often bring in tankers to allow people to access to safe water.
  9. Supply Chain Transparency – People want to know where the items they  consume come from.  Organic farm stands are popping up everywhere because consumers are concerned about pesticides and how their food is handled.  Your water should be no different.  Our water at Boston Clear comes from the spring, through a filter to remove any particles, then hit with a ultraviolet light for any possible organic matter.  Then  it goes  into  your bottle.  Keeping  it simple!
  10. Identifying Polluters  – Sometimes it takes decades for us to  know that a company has been poisoning the water.  One big polluter has been military bases …. look for many more disclosures and sad stories.

Big Problems Require Big Thinking … Our Growing Population And How To Feed It

We have addressed, and will continue  to  address, the issues surrounding how we provide safe drinking water to people locally and nationally.  One of the issues that has caused our water problems has been the expansion of our population that has led  to pollution, loss of  clean water supplies and over use of  chemicals to treat an aging  infrastructure to deliver clean water.   The sheer size of the world’s population is posing  yet another problem, how to feed us  all.

In an exceptional  article in the  Washington  Post, Joel Achenbach says that one of the solutions to feeding the masses involves less reliance on meat  and the adoption of more fruits and vegetables (just  like your mom told you).  Looks like the vegan  lifestyle was more  practical than many of us thought … it is the future.  According to a report published in the journal Nature:

The food system is a major driver of climate change, changes in land use, depletion of freshwater resources, and pollution of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through excessive nitrogen and phosphorus inputs. Here we show that between   2010 and 2050, as a result of expected changes in population and income levels, the environmental effects of the food  system could increase by 50–90% in the absence of technological changes and dedicated mitigation measures, reaching  levels that are beyond the planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity. We analyse several options for reducing the environmental effects of the food system, including dietary changes towards healthier, more  plant-based diets, improvements in technologies and management, and reductions in food loss and waste. We find that  no single measure is enough to keep these effects within all planetary boundaries simultaneously, and that a synergistic  combination of measures will be needed to sufficiently mitigate the projected increase in environmental pressures.
One driving factor of the pollution of the earth (and there are many) is the consumption of meat (poultry, beef and pork).  Achenbach’s assessment is that “… efforts to keep climate change at an acceptable level won’t be successful without a huge reduction in meat consumption.”  Eat your veggies.
Here are some other facts you  might find interesting (shocking):
  • Half the planet’s ice-free land surface is devoted to livestock or the growing of feed for those animals, Richardson said. That’s an area equal to North and South America combined
  • Some 70 percent of the world’s fresh water is already used in agriculture
  • Rising income in China and many other formerly impoverished countries brings with it a higher demand for meat and other forms of animal protein
  • The current food system is incredibly wasteful, with about a third of the food produced eventually being discarded because of spoilage
  • About 3 billion people are malnourished today and 1 billion of them suffer from food scarcity

Changes in how we treat our planet will come about by either careful planning or necessity.   I think we know which one is preferred.

The Lynnfield ZBA Meeting Is Tonight, Honoring Our Customers

Tonight is the Lynnfield Zoning Board of Appeals meeting regarding our spring and, more importantly, your ability to come to it for water.  While we intend to honor our spring by working to share it with all of you, we are there to honor your rights to come to our spring for its healing waters.

A few people have spoken out to restrict this site and that means a lot more people have to speak out about keeping the spring open.  We are confident in our ability to overcome these obstacles and in doing so have rediscovered our purpose in serving many of you.

As a result of the many letters and input that we have received, we are going to start a series of posts on the people who visit our spring.  We find many of your stories inspirational and visitors to our spring represent a special community of people who are committed to the movement of clean water.

Here is one of the letters we recently received in support of our spring that was also sent to the Zoning Board of Appeals (the author was kind enough to share the letter):

Dear Lynnfield Zoning Board,

Many years ago a good friend of mine told me about Pocahontas Spring in Lynnfield.  He explained the amazing taste, high quality and health benefits. Knowing that this person practices a healthy lifestyle and in his quest to be healthy to find the perfect water, he researched many different types of water and what is the best for our bodies; I buried it in the back of my mind knowing that one day this information would be of use to me.

About a year ago I decided to give it a try.  The water is so fresh and crisp it is like drinking water that flows from a glacier!  I was immediately addicted! For many years my liver was sluggish from all of the toxins and metals from tap and bottled water. My liver now feels great and I have lost 30 lbs.  I also believe that drinking from plastic water bottles is very toxic to our bodies and not very good for our earth.  I can’t even imagine how many plastic bottles are in our dumps and in our oceans!

Every week I drive to Lynnfield with 8 glass gallon jugs, and fill them and return

home to enjoy this wonderful water all week with my family of three and 2 cats.

I have tried to find another Spring similar to this in Florida where I will eventually live part-time.  It just does not exist!  We are so very, very lucky to have this Spring in Lynnfield. Honestly it is helping a lot of people for many health reasons.  When I fill my jugs, I am usually the only one there the property is so quiet and peaceful. I also take a peek at the Spring in the back and say thanks for this delicious and hydrating water.  This is a precious gift from nature to us, please allow the Spring to remain open.

  • Jeanne F.

 

 

The Source Mission

The Source Mission has begun. The healing, living mineral water of the Pocahontas Mineral Spring flows from deep within the Earth, down into the Ipswich River and to the Atlantic Ocean. Water is the most nurturing of all the elements. We turn to water when we need comfort. There is no life without water. Water feels safe to us — for it was water that first held us in the womb. Next to the air we breathe, water is the most important thing we will ever put in our bodies. It is surprising that little attention is given to the quality and effect of the water that we consume. Most is chlorinated, bottled or filtered tap water, not a living natural mineral spring water. The Creator has given us this Source that we must protect and steward.

The Native Americans have shown us that the Sacred Source holds many powers, for it was their ancestors that lived on this site over 400 years ago until their interaction with the English and that the land they “owned” was no longer their land. Native Americans who long ago traveled over this landscape that we call today “our” front yard and backyard, and along “our” rivers, and through “our” forests. Much of “our” land could be considered “hallowed ground.” Their way of life revolved around The Source for their existence and healing of their infants. This sacred property sits on the vortex of one of the most powerful ley lines and is considered a mother source of ancient old water from the creation of the earth. With much respect to Mother Earth and the Creator, it is The Source Mission to bring back and give back what it has given us.

Visit the Mineral Spring!

“Mineral water” is a natural water produced from a well or spring that naturally contains at least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids. Pocahontas Mineral Spring Water contains over 350 parts per million.