Find a Spring

September 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

This past weekend we did something I’ve been dreaming of doing for a few years now. We went to a natural spring and collected cool, crystal clear, delicious, living water, straight from Mother Earth.

IMG_1490The spring we visited (Pine Flat/Harding Spring) is north of Sedona, two-and-a-half hours away from where we live. Apparently, locals have been drinking from this spring for years and years. One source estimated that the stone structure and piping were put in place in the early 1900’s. We had been planning a hiking trip up north to cool off (we’re still getting triple digit heat where we live), so we figured it was about time we visited the spring. It was kind of hilarious to watch my kids as they reacted to this spring water. They wouldn’t stop raving about how good it tasted. Loads of other people were filling up their water jugs and bottles the entire time we were there.

Why is spring water so awesome? Well, maybe it’s best to start with why tap water is less than ideal:

“Government scientists have evaluated 830 of the contaminants most often found in water supplies, according to a review of records from the E.P.A. and the United States Geological Survey. They have determined that many of them are associated with cancer or other diseases, even at small concentrations” (New York Times).

“At least 100 million U.S. citizens are exposed to toxic carcinogens every day when they drink water from municipal water supplies. . . . ‘Utilities do the best job that they can treating a big problem with limited resources, but we must do better,’ said Jane Houlihan, the [Environmental Working Group]’s senior vice president for research. ‘It is not uncommon for people to drink tap water laced with 20 or 30 chemical contaminants. This water may be legal, but it raises serious health concerns.’ . . . ‘Studies have shown that there are more than 600 unwanted chemicals created by the interaction of water treatment disinfectants and pollutants in source water. Most of these water treatment contaminants have not been studied in depth,’ EWG reports” (MintPress News).

And what about bottled water?

“Lab tests detected 38 chemicals in 10 brands, with an average of eight contaminants found in each kind of bottled water. Tests showed coliform bacteria, caffeine, the pain reliever acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic-making chemicals and the radioactive element strontium” (Today Health).

So what’s so great about spring water? Spring water is living water, carrying the earth’s energy and vital minerals as it springs from the ground. It’s free of the chlorine and fluoride and pharmaceuticals typically found in tap water. Cold springs (under 40 degrees) help to maintain the water’s ideal hexagonal molecular structure which, in turn, helps your body’s cells to be rejuvinated in ways they can’t with dead chemical-laden water. It’s happy water!

There’s a great website called Find a Spring where you can search for natural springs near you. Users can also leave comments about the various springs. Here’s a comment about Harding Spring:

I have visited this spring many times and it is truly wonderful! Not only is the water pure and tasty, but many consider it to have a very powerful energy. Sedona water has a unique, nourishing vibration that must be felt to be appreciated, so go getcha some!

I definitely concur. There was something really powerful about that spring and its water. It did have a joyful, healing energy. I couldn’t help but think of the living waters described in the scriptures: “And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

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However, not all spring water is ideal. “Find a Spring” offers this disclaimer: “Please independently test all spring water before you make the decision to consume it. This website is simply a source for locating springs, we do not validate water safety.” Christian Bates also shares How To Test Your Spring Water for 103 Contaminants.” If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to be especially careful.

We’ve only been drinking our spring water for a couple of days, but I can definitely say there is something cleansing and energizing about it. Our bodies are primarily water, and the water we consume is what builds our blood. It makes sense to do everything we can to make that water the best water possible.

It’s not feasible for us to visit Harding Spring on a weekly basis, but it was a fun adventure. It’s a luxury we enjoy to have relatively safe water supplied to our homes regularly, and I am grateful for that. I never felt more grateful for plumbing and running water than when I stayed for a week in a remote village in Mexico building water catchment systems and doing other service projects when I was 19 years old. Our municipal water may not be perfect, but it’s definitely a blessing. Even so, I’m hoping to get a Berkey filter (with fluoride filters) to improve the quality of our tap water and prepare for potential future disaster situations where we may need to utilize dirty water from other sources.

Water is life, and living water is amazing.