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Contact Lynnfield town officials about your access to fresh, clean water and ask for the facts!

There’s a natural source of clean, refreshing, chemical-free mineral water that’s been flowing for almost 400 years. And it’s right here in Lynnfield.

Pocahontas Spring has been providing fresh drinking water to local people and travelers since 1640. Prized for its high mineral content, this water has developed a following across the country and even beyond U.S. borders.

Though this water is accessible to all, the town of Lynnfield wants to shut it down and close it off to the public forever.

Please help us keep Pocahontas Spring open and operating.

Click here to send an email to Lynnfield officials to let them know that you have a right to this special place.

If you want to call Lynnfield Town Hall, ask for your Selectman or Town Manager at 781-334-9410 and get answers.

Petition

Dear Lynnfield Elected and Appointed Officials

Please keep Pocahontas Spring open and available to the public.  Everyone deserves access to fresh, clean water and to experience the land where the water emanates from the earth.

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FAQ

Pocahontas Spring is a mineral spring noted as a source of quality water since the earliest settlers came to America in the 1600s. Prior to that, Native American Indians knew of this spring for untold millennia as a source to quench thirst, heal the sick and to spiritually connect with the gods. Now, the spring is privately owned with the goal of preserving this resource for generations to come. The spring allows vending of the water through kiosk machines and the water meets all of the state requirements for water quality.
Water is perhaps the most important component of the human body. It regulates body temperature, aids in digestion, protects vital organs, transports nutrients and performs dozens of other functions. While there is ongoing debate about the health benefits of naturally high alkaline water, and what defines “high alkaline,” there is no debate about the benefits of water that has no chemical additives.
A public water supply is a public or private water system that provides water to at least 25 people or has a minimum of 15 service connections. Examples of public water supply systems include those that serve cities and towns, military bases, apartment complexes, and large mobile home parks. (https://pubs.usgs.gov/chapter11/chapter11C.html). Pocahontas is recognized and its operations overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) and is registered as a water supply (PWS ID#: 3164005). Lynnfield officials made a unilateral decision to state that Pocahontas was not a public water supply and that case was taken to county court where a judge agreed with the town. While we are considering our options on the next legal steps, we continue to work with Mass DEP to make improvements to the spring.
It’s not necessary to add chemicals to water that is already pure and clean like that of Pocahontas Spring. Municipality tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency but many studies have concluded that there are concerns over tap water. A study, funded by the Park Foundation, compiled a list of 22 contaminants with carcinogenic risks present in 48,363 community water systems in the United States, which Environmental Working Group estimates serve about 86% of the U.S. population. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/09/19/your-tap-water-safe-study-claims-cancer-risk-even-safe-water/2350072001/
In January of 2021, frustrated with the treatment of the spring by both the Town of Lynnfield and neighbors who seemed to be curiously aligned with the town’s position, the owners of Pocahontas Spring filed a federal civil lawsuit the clearly states the claims. It is the hope of the owners that this lawsuit and the actions of those named in the lawsuit becomes public to not only protect the spring but to prevent others from being harmed in the same way. A copy of the federal lawsuit filed in the District of Massachusetts can be found here:
Contamination is always a concern for any spring and we take every precaution that we are allowed to protect it. We test the water regularly and make improvements, when we are allowed, to assure the safety of this resource. One primary concern is the storm drain pipe known as Durham Road Storm Drain that has not been properly maintained. The water from the drain is full of run-off contaminants from winter road salt and ground pollution and has been found to have high levels of Manganese. This has been reported to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The Pocahontas Spring water has been tested for Manganese and none was detected. The test results can be seen in the report below. [Link to download report]

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