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.

Back To School With Nothing To Drink

In Detroit, MI, students were welcomed back to school but they were unable to drink from the water fountains!

Detroit Public Schools Community District shut off drinking water at all of the schools after testing revealed that 16 schools had elevated levels of lead and/or copper.  Superintendent Nikolai Vitti ordered testing of all schools this spring, after tests in 2016 found elevated levels of the metals. Initial results for 24 schools returned last week found 16 had levels higher than acceptable, he said in the emailed letter. All water sources, including drinking fountains and sinks, were tested. Water is still available for hand washing and toilet flushing.  I guess it’s a good idea to wash your hands in “lead and/or copper.”

Before we delve into Detroit, we wanted to take a look at the history of the drinking fountain.  Here is an article from the Washington Post (July 2015):

The modern era’s first free public water fountain was unveiled in London in 1859. Thousands gathered to watch officials turn on the tap. At its peak, about 7,000 people used the fountain each day. At that time, the rich were buying water brought in from the country. The poor were drinking water bottled from the sewage-infested Thames. Water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid were rampant.

One’s wealth or status should have nothing to do with their availability to safe drinking water.  This is particularly true when we talk about those who are most vulnerable, our young children, who drink out of trust.

Those of us who went to school in the 1960s and 1970s, remember drinking from a fountain without a thought that what we might be drinking was harmful.  Today, we cannot give those same assurances to students.  In Boston, there was a scandal related to high levels of lead and copper found in public drinking water supplies.  Now Detroit …  this is truly unacceptable.   Water, clean water,  is a required staple for a good education and our public water systems have failed us in this area.

Let us celebrate the return of kids to school by sending them off with  safe water that nourishes both their mind and body.  We should not assume that the bubblers in the school halls are sufficient when we have data that says that it may not even be safe in our own homes.

What Are You Drinking? We Need To Know

Each day we search for good news … news that nourishes our minds as much as our bodies.  With that said, we also have to tell you the reality of today … people have the capacity to lie!

People know the potential dangers of treated water (what are they putting in our drinking water), so they assume that what is coming from the well has to be safe.  Think again!

In Kansas, the state allowed residents in two Wichita-area neighborhoods to drink contaminated water for years without telling them, despite warning signs of contamination close to water wells used for drinking, washing and bathing.  What?

During a study for a real estate project, the state actually found dry cleaning chemicals (perchloroethylene) had leached into the ground water but said nothing about it to people who were getting their water from wells.  They did not notify the surrounding areas to allow people to test the water themselves.  But did they have an obligation to tell those citizens who were off the water grid to check their own water sources?  We say YES!  However, residents found out 7 years after those tests that their water was polluted.  7 years!!!  7 days would have been an outrage

So what is the priority, the safety of the people or the businesses who dumped the chemicals?  According to the Wichita Eagle:

“The Kansas Drycleaner Environmental Response Act was passed at the request of the dry cleaning industry to protect the small businesses from the potentially crippling cost of federal involvement. The Environmental Protection Agency, through its Superfund program, can pay to clean up water pollution and then bill any and all companies ever associated with the property to recover its money. Cleaning up pollution can easily cost millions of dollars; state law limits the liability of a dry cleaning shop to $5,000.”

We are not looking for government solutions but instead are looking for government honesty.  We know that there are challenges to providing clean water with a growing population … what we call “prosperity.”  We get it!   But we do not deserve to be lied to, particularly by public officials.  We deserve information to make our choices and when we are deceived we make poor decisions … we act blindly.
We at Boston Clear read about these situations and want to react.  We aspire to provide clean water to our residents not only to help them, but to assure them that someone is looking out for them.  Our customers have grown to rely on us for delivering water that makes us all better.  We plan on delivering on that promise for years to come.
The earth has given this beautiful spring to us and we return it to you.  Whether you are on well water or city water, come to our spring and taste, experience, the difference in what water can make in your life.
We have a truck ready to roll!  So many places, so many needs.

 

Lynnfield, MA Residents – Boston Clear Offers Free Drinking Water Amid Water Concerns

Many of us have assumed that the water that comes from our faucet is safe.  While we think of Flint, MI as an anomaly of a water system gone awry, the USA Today estimated that tens-of-millions in the US have been exposed to unsafe drinking water.  What was a problem for underdeveloped countries has come home to the US.

Now, water issues have hit too close to home and we are here to help.  Residents of Lynnfield, MA expressed concerns about the clarity of its water in May, in early August the town took down a water pumping station amid concerns of e coli in its water.  Now residents have renewed concern about the discoloration of the water, which engineers attribute to iron and manganese content.  A filter is envisioned as a possible solution.  People need clean water today and we have a solution!

On Saturday August 25 from 8:00am – 2:00pm and Sunday August 26 from 8:00am – 2:00pm, all customers who provide a copy of their most recent Lynnfield Center Water District bill will receive up to 5 gallons of free, perfectly drinkable water … all from our spring.  Bring your own, clean container and we will gladly fill it at no charge.  If you need a container, we offer high quality, one-gallon, glass bottles for a $5/each donation.

We are located at 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940.

Be assured that the water you are drinking is the best for you and your family … get your water from Pocahontas Spring!

Meet The Man Behind The Spring

You all know that everyone is welcome at the spring and we love seeing you.

You might stop by and see what appears to be a caretaker walking around the property, moving some of the stones around and then returning to sit in the office behind a fold-up table that is his desk.  That would be Anthony Gattineri, who purchased the spring in 2014.


Anthony is a successful, life-long entrepreneur.  He started work at his father’s dry cleaner, Fashion Clothiers” in Winchester, at the age of 12 years old.  He continued to work there after graduating from Bentley College but soon set out on his own ventures.  He would eventually start an olive oil distribution company, California Olive Oil Company,  As part of that company, Anthony developed a way to atomize oil through a manual pump that eliminated fluorocarbons that were used for cooking sprays.  There were skeptics to his approach but it proved to be a big success for Anthony and the environment.

Eventually he sold his company and became involved in real estate.  Now, his work is devoted to bringing the magical waters of the spring to the public.

Visitors are sometimes curious and when they see Anthony in the office they knock at the door to ask a questions or two.  He loves it!  Anthony has never met a stranger and he is happy to speak with anyone who comes to the spring.  It is his passion to share information on the spring’s history, its special water, the people who come here and the stories they all share.  You cannot walk out of his office without hearing a story and Anthony will not let you leave until you tell him yours.

When Anthony took over the spring the red house that greets you as come down the drive was filled with rusty, outdated equipment, filters were not maintained, pumps and wiring were hazardous and the stone house out back was near collapse.  The site had become a teenage hangout after hours and the grounds were littered with beer cans and trash.  Anthony immediately saw a vision of what the site could be and started cleaning and making the water that is dispensed to you as pure as it bubbles up from the center of the earth.

The spring is all about stories, so let us share a few with you.

As you come into our spring, you will notice the 1969 Volkwagen (VW) van.  The van was purchased to be an icon of a generation that was concerned about the earth and water. To Anthony,  it was also a tribute to surfing (water) and he saw the van as a way to give back to the earth.   Ideally the van would have already been used to spread the word of Boston Clear and our valuable water, but, unfortunately, complaints were filed by neighbors because it is registered to a former New Hampshire office and we feared retaliation for putting it on the road.  To be sure, it will roll again!  Those who visit our spring love it and those Flower Children from the 60s take many selfies in front of our beloved VW van … we have even had a few wedding pictures taken there!  It should be noted that the tanker parked is also a result of neighbors who complained … so they sit there idle, but only for a bit longer.

Everyone who visits marvels at the 3,500 lb, solid marble statue of St. Anthony statue that is placed just beyond the stonewall reflection pond.   Anthony commissioned the statue in 2017 just after his father passed away.  The inscription on the statue was inspired by the wisdom he has gained over the years and his eagerness to share it particularly with the children.  “Justice, Fairness, Truth,” comes from his experience of seeking justice for everyone, aspiring to always treat people fairly and working to always expose the truth.  The placement of the statue came from a vision that Anthony had when he first commissioned the piece.

An addition next to the statue is the plaque “En Reconnaissance A St Antoine Juin 44.”  During a trip to Europe in May 2018, Anthony and his wife Lisa took a trip to Normandy, a place where Donato Gattineri, Anthony’s father, was in 1944 … D-Day.  Like many young men in the 1940s, Donato enlisted in the United States Army and as fate would have it, became a member of the 79th Reconnaissance Troop where he served as a Tech-5 scout in World War II.  Donato fought bravely in the historic battle on Utah Beach in Normandy France, a turning point in the war.

After visiting the beach where his father had been those years ago, he ventured into a nearby church that was undergoing a renovation.  He and his wife went into the church and they saw a statue of St. Anthony with the plaque that you now see in the spring.  Donato had told a story, just days before his death, about a visit to a church after the battle … could this have been it?  Anthony said that it fit the description to a “t”and he was certain that his father was there in June 1944.  He searched for the priest of the church and when he found him Anthony said, through an interpreter who happened to volunteer her services, “Can I purchase the plaque?”  Anthony told the priest the story and, to the astonishment of his wife, the priest agreed to give the plaque to Anthony and in return Anthony would pay for a replacement.  To Anthony, the piece is priceless and now has a permanent home at the spring.

The spring itself is a story and the mosaic of stories of all of those who visit become the fabric that brings us all together.  When Anthony is there, and he chooses to be there as much as possible, please say “hello,” and share a story with him.  He is as genuine, made in the USA, one of a kind and we are so fortunate to have someone who cares enough to share this special water and very special place.

Anthony knows how much you love the spring and please know that he greatly appreciates all the love you have shown him!  He is always deeply moved when people come to the spring, especially mothers who come with their children and expectant mothers.  To him, it is a sign of building another generation of health, joyful people.

Through the spring, we are not on enriching lives with our nourishing water, but by your refilling your containers here we are saving millions of plastic bottles entering the world.  Together, we all make a difference.