aquifer surface meets the ground surface.
Well water and spring water are similar in the sense that they are both produced from natural aquifers located around rock beds and soil. The difference is that spring water continues naturally to the surface and well water is not fully matured (has not gone through the full life cycle).
Our tap water system, I am sure was intended to be a good thing (convenience), but unfortunately it's not the best water to be drinking right now.
Our water is highly fluoridated. There is that argument that we need fluoride for "healthy teeth"- which is untrue it was actually a conspiracy to fluoridate water. Surprised? Watch these very informative video- one below and another HERE. Also, here are some quick facts.... A. In communities where fluoridation has been discontinued- dental decay has not increased- rather it decreased. B. They do not recommend babies drink fluoridated water. Hmmm... but it's okay for adults? Doesn't make sense. C. Fluoride is a cumulative poison- it goes to your bones and kills brain cells. D. There is much pollution involved with fluoride as well. A wealth of information regarding fluoride can be found on FLUORIDEALERT.ORG and just FYI... these are doctors and scientists saying fluoride is bad.
2. Prescription Drugs
An Associated Press investigation showed that a vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Treatment facilities are not required to test for drugs or filter them out.
3. Dead water
In it's natural form water structures itself and holds information. Tap water has been recycled (via machinery not via nature), and is filled with chemicals to "purify" it from the waste (feces and urine), toilet paper, tampons and what ever else people flush down the toilet and sinks.
4. Treated with Chemicals & Polluted (Chlorine)
Many public water supplies add chlorine for purification, which can make some chemicals or drugs more toxic. You may think that the government, EPA, and other agencies are looking out for this danger, but the fact is- the Safety Water Act, designed for the public's safety, only tests for nitroglycerin and that is because it can be made into explosives. They do not test for any other drugs in tap water. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant. The gas irritates the mucus membranes and the liquid burns the skin. As little as 3.5 ppm can be detected as an odor, and 1000 ppm is likely to be fatal after a few deep breaths. In fact, chlorine was used as a war gas in 1915. More on chlorine HERE.
5. The Pipes/ Plumbing
Brief history... Lead plumbing was common till the end of the 1800s, when they switched to galvanized iron water pipes. For higher durability, and lower cost, pipe systems were made with brass pipes and fittings next. Copper became popular around 1950 and plastic pipes have become increasingly common since about 1970. Plastic water pipes do not keep water as clean as copper and brass piping does. Copper has been linked to ADHD and we already know that plastic off gases and is estrogenic.
Benefits to Drinking Spring Water
Pure and simple... higher health. Then there's the facts... it's au natural- right from the source. It lacks chemicals, waste, has never touched plastic, and it's far better for the environment. At the risk of sounding cheesy, there is also a higher state of consciousness to be gained. We are 80% water... so you will be built starting from the cellular level with highly structured, super clean, and freshly harvested spring water.
1. Usually a small pipe will be hooked up to the spring. A pipe is a good indicator if it's safe as the town usually takes care of it. If it's not okay they will shut it down. Also, if you see signs- even ones that say "drink at your own risk"- this is to take responsibility off of them and it shows the water has been tested.
2. Temperature of the water. You want the temperature to be around 39 (at this temperature the water is in it's best structure - a hexagon shape) degrees Fahrenheit- anything in the range of 39-55 degrees F should be good. This lets you know the water is coming from deep within the ground. Bacteria, germs, and parasites do not live in "cold" temperatures and cannot thrive. People are more likely to get parasites on the street, petting an animal, or from eating sushi than from spring water.
3. Use a TDS Meter. TDS means total dissolved solids and tests the hardness (mineral content) of the water. When the water is "hard" you have to watch as the minerals accumulate in the body around the bones. A reading of 20-300 is best.
4. Check the PH of the water. You want the PH to be around 6.8-7.9.
5. If you still don't trust it- bring samples to a local lab to get tested.
What about Distilled Water?
Distilled water is pure H2O and goes through a distillation process in which water is boiled until vapor is produced- the resulting water is completely free of additives. Distilled water is perfect for applications where minerals and contaminants would cause problems- such as irons, coolant for car engines, machinery and cleaning products. It is not good to drink distilled water, because it has a tendency to pull minerals out of the bloodstream and other areas. Distilled water is perhaps the cleanest version of bottled water available, but it is not good for human consumption.
Bottled Water is Wasteful and Leaches Chemicals and Xenoestrogens
Bottled water creates allot of waste (ie not environmentally friendly) - 1.5 million barrels of oil in the US alone are used to make water bottles from polyethylene terephthalate, 86% of which are landfilled or incinerated. Often it is shipped long distances, like the 1.4 million bottles of Finnish tap water sent 4,300 kilometers (2,700 miles) to Saudi Arabia, or the popular Fiji water found in the US and Canada. And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away. Plastic waste is now at such a volume that vast eddies of current-bound plastic trash now spin endlessly in the world’s major oceans. This represents a great risk to marine life, killing birds and fish which mistake our garbage for food.
If you still are not able to make it to a spring regularly, I suggest you...
A. Try a delivery service for spring water such as, Mountain Valley Spring Water (they use glass bottles).
B. Drink glass bottled water from your local grocery and recycle.
C. Get a really good filter such as Aquasana, and chill your water to help re-structure it.
Daniel Vitalis deserves all the credit for making me aware of spring water and it's benefits. Here are some great videos to check out...
Daniel, also did a quick audio interview on welikeitraw.com, which you can listen to HERE. If you are looking for a spring or have a spring you'd like to share, see Daniel's other site... FindASpring.com.
I have been drinking spring water for a few months now and I feel FANTASTIC! We go out to Stokes about once a month and have five- 6 gallons bottles (a mix of glass & Better Bottles)- totaling 30 gallons. We get to spend a day in nature too. The water is really AMAZING... there definitely is a DIFFERENCE. Most mountains or very large hills will have springs, you just have to get out there, start asking around and looking.