The subject of spring water has long been a fav of mine as I see it being deemed to have almost magical powers by some. On a recent trip, I stopped to look over how a large spring was holding up in the short term drought in the area and ran across a fellow trying to get water out of the surface pool but not wanting anybody to see him. Of course that is pretty hard when the spring is well know as a trout fishing spot stocked by the state! On a nice spring day it's hard to move let alone sneak some water out! What attracted my attention was the fact that he didn't want to be noticed and acted guilty of "something" even though I know of no rules against taking water from a trout stream? Actually folks take the fish home--if they are so lucky.
Eventually I got the info out of him that he was doing home brew, apparently felt guilty, but wanted to use "spring water" as it was "pure" for his brewing!
So we have a fellow wanting to use spring water where fish are stocked, hordes of people stand to fish and it's all located a short distance from Times Beach, Missouri, which is semi-famous for the town being torn down and all the dirt hauled off to clear dioxin contamination! Since spring water is surface water which has run along on top of some underground layer to come up and out at another point, I'm thinking I'll never want to drink straight from that spring, for sure!
Yes! He was getting that good clear spring water to drink! While setting and thinking it over a bit, I threw some fish food to the ducks swimming around. I assume they left the pool before going to the bathroom, huh?