Take Hwy. 27 north from Vidya's Veggie Gourmet and eventually you'll end up in the Town of Elmvale, Ontario, located in Springwater Township. Pass through Elmvale and about 1 km north of the town on the right (east) side you will see a large steel structure with a paved drive leading up to it. Vehicles line up in cue to access the spring, from which flows some of the purest, most life-giving water in the world.
The water contains less lead than the cleanest ice layers in the Arctic. It has dissolved mineral salts providing a wide range of trace minerals that our soil and therefore our food supply lacks, including natural fluoride and silica. Local residents have known about the high quality of the water for generations, and stories abound of great-great grandparents filling their buckets there more than a hundred years ago. Environmental geochemist William Shotyk, Professor of Earth Sciences at Germany's Heidelberg University, has studied this water source extensively for over 20 years and considers it the purest water he has ever tested. (Learn more about Prof. Shotyk's work at Canadian Geographic online.)
Only recently, however, has the Township stepped up and invested the appropriate level of funds needed to secure this incredible natural resource. What used to be an old pipe and rough concrete footing has been rebuilt into a new triple-flow concrete and steel structure, erected with the kind of solid quality that looks like it will survive for a thousand years.
This new structure is important on many levels. People can fill their bottles much faster, so there is rarely if ever a wait to fill now. More people will notice the structure and stop to fill up a drinking bottle. It provides some protection from the elements. And in the long-range view, the investment indicates an acknowledgement from the Township that the Elmvale spring is an important resource of the people; that it is worth defending against future efforts to put a landfill site in the area. It's not a rusty pipe flowing into a broken grate anymore; it is a monument to nature, a proud and sturdy construction that will stand the test of time and announce to anyone paying attention that this is a tremendous natural resource that we should all be enjoying and protecting.
Stores like Water Depot sell empty BPA-free bottles for $10, and caps for $0.25. Grab some and make the journey north, and you will find like many families that it becomes an experience in nature that teaches fundamental appreciation for the planet and it's life-giving properties and the importance of protecting them. Our family and friends numbering 30 or more have been drinking Elmvale spring water for years now. Our household has used it as our exclusive water source for people, dogs, and chickens since 2008. It is truly the champagne of drinking water.
And it comes with no fee attached. It is your right as a free man or woman of this great land to come and share this magnificent resource with your neighbours. If you live too far, check out FindaSpring.com to locate a great one near you!