If all goes well our family will head up to Mt. Lemmon this summer in search of fresh spring water. Mt. Lemmon is one of many spots around the world that boasts a gravity-fed spring – a source of raw, clean water.
Gravity-fed springs are found throughout the world. Locations include:
- Ittman, West Virginia
- Durango, Colorado
- Benton California
- Quebec, Canada
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Yunnan, China
- Mustang, Nepal
The website Find a Spring offers a map listing a myriad of locations. The site makes no promise regarding safety, so be sure to see for yourself or have it tested if desired.
Why search for a gravity-fed spring water? Not only does it make a fun family adventure, it offers a rich opportunity to avoid the pitfalls of chemically treated water. For a look at chemicals in today’s public water supply see the post Water Quality.
We ventured to Mt. Lemmon’s gravity-fed spring last spring and found only a trickle of water. (see our Clean Water Adventure.) This year we will wait until monsoon season hits, when we are far more likely to fill our empty jugs. ( Our friends waited until July and enjoyed the gushing fresh water as pictured above.)
Have you adventured to a gravity-fed spring? Want to see if there is one near you? Check out the interactive search page here.