Living Water Flows from a Gravity-fed Spring

Andrea Fabry

Andrea Fabry › Andrea is a former journalist, a radio host, and the mother of nine children. She is ...


Like most Americans, I have questions about the safety of our water supply. I was aghast recently when I examined our local water company’s annual water quality report. Heptaclor and chlordane have been banned for years but still appear in the water. Glyphosate, 2, 4-D, and other contaminants carry red flags with them. I have a vested interest in seeking out clean water.

I was excited, therefore, when I read about gravity-fed springs. These springs offer what some call “living water” because the water is in its raw, natural state. The community-based website,, offers an interactive listing of natural springs around the world. I clicked on the map and discovered one within 45 minutes of our home.

Our family made the trek recently. The spring is located at the top of Mt. Lemmon–the perfect spot to cool off when weary of the blazing summer temperatures. We brought numerous glass bottles as well as a five-gallon plastic water bottle. The trail was a bit rocky but we reached our destination awaiting the sound of flowing, fresh water.

These springs offer what some call “living water” because the water is in its raw, natural state.

We heard no such sounds. Only a trickle of water dripped from the pipe that connects this golden aquifer with the outside world. A passerby stopped to check on the spring’s status. She told us there was no sign of water the week before. “Other times of the year, it’s gushing,” she said. (Which is exactly how I imagined the spring based on this video found at

However, our labor was not in vain. Four of us formed a line as one person “caught” the water in a thermos, while another poured, and another passed it to the top. It took more than a half hour, but we left with nearly two gallons of water. The taste was as pure as I expected. FindaSpring offers no guarantee on the water quality and even suggests testing the water if you’re not sure. We were willing to take the risk and enjoyed every gulp.

Upon our return home I took our remaining living water and over the next few days transformed it into a refreshing batch of kombucha. Come monsoon season we’ll head back up to the top of Mt. Lemmon to see if our golden water has begun to flow again. We’ll take our five-gallon bottle just in case.

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Photo credit: Andrea Fabry