Raw water is a thing………
You can find maps of springs in your area online, but make sure they are on public property before heading out to collect any, or seek permission. As in any foraging, make sure its safe, with easy access but even then be careful as to what you harvest. Take time to scope out the landscape.
For example, do you see the watercress growing to the left of the tub? Bonanza! Yet not really. This is located just off of a road side-the bottom of a very large hill, so runoff will make its way here. The area is surrounded by organic farms at a distance but forest in the immediate surrounding area is clear and at a higher elevation. Yet the runnoff from cars could mean lead in the watercress. Easy access but not safe unfortunately.
We have a fairly new well but judging from the stains on our sinks and the stiffness of our clothing, theres far too much iron and lime in it. Its fine to drink and it tastes and smells fine, perfectly potable. I cook with and bathe in it with confidance.
Of course, you cannot tell if water is safe just because its running clear. In our area, first of all, many people rely on this spring and for another, our local governement tests for harmful bacteria, etc, on a regular basis. If a spring is contaminated they will post signs. Look for postings. Infact there might even already be a government data base available to look up test results. Explore.
Of course, the question of why comes to mind, i.e., Why, if my water is untreated, do I need spring water? There is alot on the topic and some of it might be simply woo woo. What I think of as science based is that hard water like ours creates problems. The reason hard water is “hard” is that it contains limescale which creates calcification in the body. In the meantime it is believed that spring water also has friendly, better balanced mineral and even bacteria though I can never make that claim about Bathtub Spring-I have no way to know. Theres the idea too that spring water is more alkaline but this depends on the water.
I tested my well water with ph strips and got a 7 while my harvested water is a 9 on the ph scale. It IS more alkaline. I suggest that readers test their slurces before concluding that spring water is more alkaline or not. Just being honest.
I have noticed two improvements however. One, my arthritic knees began to flare up before we harvested, yet despite the cold and rainy weather, the pain is gone. And two…my digestion is certainly happy and if my digestion is happy, I’m happy:)
Cheers to simple clean water!