The Dwindling Supply Of Good Water On Our Planet

Let us start off by saying that our water is flowing pure and clear from the center of the earth here to our Boston Clear customers.  But we are fortunate.

As we in Massachusetts vote on Tuesday, consider your public officials’s stance on issues related to water.  While water is a national issue, its safety is best addressed at the local level where citizens can demand that their leaders do something beside issue statements that say our ‘water is safe to drink.’  If the water around the country is so clean, then why are so many people sick?!!!!

Each week we want to bring you information on water, not to scare you (though there is plenty to be scared about) but to inform you.   Through sharing stories of the struggles and the solutions surrounding the world’s clean water supply, we will solve this problem.

Water sources across the world, are under pressure from contaminates like lead, polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), manganese … that are all making people sick.  In many cases, people drink the water from the tap because that is all that they can afford, so the poorest among us are the ones getting the most contamination.  In the past, those testing water were looking for obvious contaminates, like lead, but now there are so many complex chemicals that have leeched into water supplies that are believed to cause high blood pressure, cancer and autism.

The contamination crisis of PFASs in the water is something that should concern a number of communities across the country.  According to Vice, PFAS are used in products to create items that are durable, heat resistance, and provide water- and oil-repellency. They can be found in carpet, apparel, fast food wrapping, non-stick substances, firefighting foam, and more. They are throughout the United States and, after decades of production, they have found their way into our bodies.

For many Americans, the phrase “water crisis” conjures thoughts of lead contamination in Flint, just a few hours’ drive northeast of Parchment. But increasingly, it’s also making them think of the chemicals countless drank—or may still be drinking—every day. From military bases to corporate waste sites, and in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado and beyond, new awareness of PFAS pollution and its long-term effects has left Americans horrified at the unusually durable “forever chemicals” they’ve been ingesting for years.

Lead paint was believed to be the cause of poisoning people in generations past, but could it have been in our drinking water?   However, conditions like high blood pressure are up and a new study suggests that it could be linked to lead;

It’s possible that lead exposure from decades past is helping feed the growing epidemic of high blood pressure, said Sung Kyun Park of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, who led the study team.

“Lead is a widespread environmental toxicant. As you have seen in Flint and many other cities, there may be continued exposure,” Park told NBC News.

Michigan’s drinking water is worse than what we read about in Flint, MI, which breaks our hearts.  While lead was the culprit in Flint, it is only one part of the problem;

Michigan’s experience with emerging contaminants is a clarion call to a nation that has forgotten some critical lessons from the past.  In all corners of the state, experts see a family of chemicals, once ubiquitous around the globe for decades, now linked to a series of deadly cancers, thyroid, autoimmune, metabolic and neurologic diseases, along with decreased fecundity and endocrine disruption. 

In places like El Salvador, water crisis is leading to outbreaks in violence.  According to one local, “The well doesn’t produce a lot of water and when it dries up, we have had problems with people fighting.”  Of course they do and it is going to get worse.

In Gaza, a war-torn area of the Middle East, water contamination is likely going to lead to an epidemic.  Children will be hit first, then, as it creeps into the lives of adults they will revolt.  Battles with neighboring Israel will likely occur if the water crisis is not addressed.  Water, a source that once drove people to come together, could lead to fighting that will certainly drive us apart.

Water is necessary for our existence, but before we run out of water, we are going to resort to fighting over it and about it.  The quality of our water and how we protect it, could be the single source of peace in the world … something to think about today as we head into Thanksgiving.  This year, give thanks to clean water.

Come to our Hate Free Zone and enjoy some of the finest water in the universe.

What’s In Your Water?

Let’s start off by asking “What is in our water at Pocahontas Spring?”  The answer is “what Mother Earth put into it with the addition of fine filter to capture debris (don’t want rock parts in your water) and we hit it with a ultraviolet light to kill any bacteria.  Ultraviolet (or UV) light is a type of radiation. In simple terms, when any type of bacteria or microbe is directly exposed to certain types of UV light, the DNA (its fundamental building block) of the cell is damaged, preventing it from replicating. If a cell cannot reproduce, then the cell cannot cause infection, which is how UV light kills bacteria.  This does not affect the quality of the water (taste, smell, pH, alkaline or mineral makeup), it just kills the bacteria.  From there, the water goes out the vending spouts to your containers.

But water that goes through metropolitan treatment facilities, often have added chemicals, like chlorine and fluoride.  However, people are now concerned about the things that are being added to the water they drink.

Chlorination is the process of adding chlorine to drinking water to disinfect it and kill germs. Different processes can be used to achieve safe levels of chlorine in drinking water.   While the chlorine could be harmful in high doses, when it is added to water, they all mix in and spread out, resulting in low levels that kill germs but are still safe to drink.  The reason for adding chlorine is that the source of water that is being treated is a combination of a feed of water sources (lakes and streams) combined with runners off from sewers and land.  This means that treatment plants have a lot of stuff to kill before it gets to your house.  It also has to have enough chemicals in it to safely pass through pipes to residences.  To us, water like this is good for flushing and bathing, but not so good for drinking … but hey, we’re particular about our water.

Then there is fluoride.  The addition to fluoride, once hailed as an outstanding healthcare achievement since it was found to curb tooth decay, began being controversial in the 1950s.   Today, people have developed a number of theories, many of which have been debunked,  as to the dangers of the naturally found compound.  There is a big movement by many municipalities to have it removed from their water treatment, believing that it causes autism and a number of other negative health conditions.  The fact is, people want less added to their water.

When it comes to bottled water that you see in the store, there may be no chlorine or fluoride in the water but there may be something you never thought should be …. PLASTIC.  The perception of bottled water being clean and pure is being challenged by a global investigation that found the water tested is often contaminated with tiny particles of plastic.

A number of factors  are going to determine our fate as a planet, clean water is one of them.  We came across this  article in Wired that said climate change could impact the production / cost of beer!!!  Say it ain’t so!

There is also the issue of contaminants being purposely put into water sources that is meant to do no harm.  In Minnesota, they are using a chemical in lakes to get rid of the algae that is growing out of control … but some are skeptical as to whether or not it is harmful to those who later drink that water.  You decide, but we think when man tries to resolve one problem, he often creates two.

We prefer water from the earth, from deep within the earth.

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.

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.

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.

 

Holding Public Officials Accountable For Clean Water

If the water crisis in Flint, Michigan taught us one thing, it was that we simply do no know what we are drinking out of the faucet.  But when the water has contaminates in it, who should be held responsible and how to they go about cleaning it up?

In Flint, the courts are getting involved and prosecutors are bringing cases against public officials for their role in supplying dirty water to residents.  As with many cases of corruption, it is not going to be about the people who contaminated the water, that occurred over a long period of neglect, it is going to be about the person who found out about it and covered it up.  In Michigan, public officials are concerned that they could be held accountable by our judicial system for their neglect.  It would send a strong message.

According to a report in the USA Today, an outbreak of Legionnaires in disease in Michigan killed 12 people as a result of contamination in the water supply:

Legionella bacteria can emerge through misting and cooling systems, triggering a severe form of pneumonia, especially in people with weakened immune systems. The state says there were 90 cases reported to Genesee County Health Department in 2014-15, including 12 deaths. More than half of the people had a common thread: They spent time at McLaren Hospital, which was on the Flint water system.

Our guess is that you have no idea who is in charge of the water supply that feeds your city water supply, their credentials, the treatment facility protocol, the chemical process they use to treat the water and the condition of the pipes that deliver the water to your tap.  It makes you want to go grab a bottled water, but hold on!

Things that we take for granted in life are some of the things that we need to question most.  According to American Prospect, 2015 study by the American Water Works Association found that if federal recommendations on water monitoring were actually followed, as many as 70 percent of water systems relying on lead service lines could be found to be unsafe … In some cases, utilities have failed to keep records of where lead service lines are even located.

Your water supply is important and the more you know about your water, the more you can make decisions about how it interacts with your family’s life.  We should all demand more from our officials, first by having them tell us what is in the water that we are drinking, then asking what actions are taking place to improve it.

The way that we hold people accountable in service to the public is to first find out what they are doing.  Sadly, that is where many citizens fall short.  However, it is easily remedied with a few properly placed questions.

What’s in your water?  Check out Environmental Working Group, a non-profit group whose mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. We have no affiliation with the group but we have found their information very valuable, particularly their blogs on water.  EWG has done extensive analysis on water throughout the country and can provide an independent report on water in your area.  Check it out.

Get information about your water source …. then come to our spring and be confident that our water is the best you can get.

The Growing Water Crisis Around Us

We know that you bring your containers to our spring searching for a trusted source of clean water.  For now, it is mostly a secret that visitors have started to share among their friends and families.  By sharing these stories, people learn of the nourishment that our spring provides but we also hear the stories from those who have searched for clean water like ours.  We encourage you to share those stories with as many people as possible.

In the future, sites like ours will become more sought after as local water departments are unable to fix the problems of treating the unwanted chemicals in our drinking supply by dumping even more chemicals to remedy it.  It is a fruitless effort that is wrought with even more harm to our citizens.  Water, the control of water, is going to reach a crisis level here in the U.S. within our lifetime.  All the warning signs are there.

The legal war between Georgia and Florida has been going on for years.  Georgia, whose growth around Atlanta led to the damming of the Chattahoochee River to form Lake Lanier as a drinking reservoir, has been a source of legal action for years.  Florida claims that the river once supplied fresh water to its residents and was necessary for to support oyster (and other wildlife) along the Florida coast.  The Supreme Court ruled that Georgia needed to prove that it could continue to hold back the water, signaling that Florida could end up getting more water flow … they the issue becomes, what about Georgia?  Yet another water crisis that has already cost both states over $100 million in just legal battles!

Here is the water situation closer to home:

Norton, MA – The city had such bad water last year that they also made the news for brown and smelly water coming from the tap.  The solution was patience while a new water plant was being built … completions was scheduled for summer 2019 but delays and cost overruns have put it behind schedule.

Scituate, MA – The water in Scituate, down on the Cape, has a reputation for having bad water flowing from the top.  However, today’s water quality has become so bad that the water has both an offensive color and smell.  Upset, concerned and angry citizens filled a town hall to let Scituate town officials have a piece of their mind.  After a five year project to clean up the water, residents went to a town hall meeting to demonstrate that they are frustrated.  According to reports here on Boston 10 (NBC), residents who even installed filter systems could not keep up with the amount of pipe sediment flowing into their homes.  Some residents bagged their filters from home and showed that were so filled with debris that they were rendered useless after just a few days of use.  Citizens were assured that by next year, the final patches to the water improvement program will be complete and they can begin an extensive flushing program.

Since our bodies are over 90% water, make a choice to put only the finest water into your body.  That water comes from natural sources, rich in earth’s minerals, just like the one at our Pocahontas spring.

Many people who come to our spring travel from miles away to fill their containers … some travel for over an hour.  Keep coming and encourage your friends in Norton and Scituate to visit us to get a taste of what pure water from the earth tastes like.

Set your GPS to 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940.  Bring your family, those who are sick, those seeking peace and those who are thirsty for water that is pure.  All are welcome.