Drinking Water Sources
Next to air, water is the second most important element for human life. Without access to water, most of us would perish after 3 days. The adult human body, on average, is made of 60% water. About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Not to mention all the other living beings and plant life that hold water on our planet. As the late Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto published in his seminal book The Hidden Messages in Water, water is a potent carrier of information, a conductor of energy and vibration, a vehicle for planetary evolution.
Because our thoughts and intentions can affect the crystalline structure of water – and therefore, ourselves and all other beings and the world – it is critical we choose our thoughts and intentions wisely. And it is equally important that we source the cleanest, purest, most naturally structured water from our environment. Especially with the impending threat of “water wars” as corporate forces attempt to commercialize this invaluable natural resource.
One of my top criteria for choosing a place to relocate to was having a wild water source close by. We are fortunate in Sedona to have many options for drinking water – both free and paid. I have shared those I am aware of below. If you know of more, please let us know.
Harding Spring, Route 89A about midway between Sedona and Flagstaff. This is a natural spring that is free and open to the public year round, except after fires, during times of bacterial contamination (the city tests the water regularly for bacteria), and certain times when the canyon or creek are closed. Residents have shared water test results at various times on the Facebook group “Sedona Bulletin Board” that have shown this water source to have fluctuations in arsenic levels. The latest tests showed low levels, but if you have a concern you can have the water tested yourself or take precautions and purchase a water filter like the stainless steel MultiPure with special arsenic reducing filter.
ChocolaTree Eatery chocolatree.com
All businesses on the South side of Route 89A have access to the artesian fed Oak Creek aquifer which supplies clean water. ChocolaTree lets all customers fill up their water bottles from the spigot in their garden. Please read their message before going:
We are happy to provide this beautiful community with pure artesian spring water. Proper water retrieving etiquette as follows – Please park in the parking area next to the painted fence and enter through the garden gates. Once through the gates turn to the left down the stone walkway and you will see a spigot.
We provide this water to you for free because it is important to us to build community chi and support Chocolatree’s vision: we see a world of natural beauty were every child is born into their very own pristine paradise of clean water, pure air and a splendid garden growing fresh foods. Thank you for continuing to support this vision in all that you do!”
I found this website online that had this to share about the Oak Creek water: “Sedona Natural Artesian Spring Water flows from a protected spring in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Arizona. Its origin dates back to the early 1800’s. The pure water that formed the spring was generated from rain and snowfall in the mountainous areas far north hundreds of years ago. It takes anywhere from 800 to 1400 years to have the water from the precipitation to begin flowing as artesian springs. All of the area north of the spring is non-farm land and very mountainous which produces a bountiful supply of clean, non-polluted, natural artesian spring water.
The Oak Creek Canyon Natural Artesian Spring was the water source for Native Americans who lived in Oak Creek Canyon for many years. They used the spring water for irrigation and drinking water. It was once rumored that Living Springs, where the spring flows, was a mystic healing ground of the Native Americans.”
The Oak Creek Water Company supplies water test results yearly: read report. Although it does say on their website that they add “chemicals that are approved by the National Safety Foundation for treatment of drinking water,” I did call them and was told that that is just a standard statement they put out on their website, but that they usually DO NOT add any chemicals to the water for customers they service in West Sedona, except in rare circumstances when a main breaks or for other reasons they need to disinfect the line. In that case, they would use chlorine. Please be aware that there are three Oak Creek Water companies – this one that services West Sedona, plus one other in Cornville and one in the canyon. They each have their own policies so please contact them directly to get the most up-to-date information on their water quality.
Angel Valley Located at 13513 Angel Valley Road in Sedona, Angel Valley is a spiritual retreat center that lets visitors fill their water bottles with water from their well. Water is free but the visitor fee for the day is $20. Locals and students pay $10. Children under 13 are free.
On their website, they share: “The water from the wells at Angel Valley is not only good tasting, it is extremely powerful. The four wells have been determined as having different energies. The well by the garden has a physical quality, by the Light House you find a heart/mind vibration, by the guest cabins the water has an emotional nature and the highest well that feeds the Welcome Center and the Hilltop Lodge has a Christ consciousness frequency. Ever since we knew about these characteristics, we have wanted to do more with the water than just drink it and bathe in it. We had the water chemically tested and Dr. Emoto’s lab took photos of our waters.” I could not find the water test results on their website so I cannot comment on that.
REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER
Natural Grocers naturalgrocers.com OPEN: Monday – Saturday 8am-9:36pm, Sunday 8am-8:05pm tel: (928) 282-1961
Located at 1915 West State Route 89A. Their reverse osmosis process involves six different filtering steps designed to remove virtually all impurities from the water. Then the water is put through an ozone and ultra-violet light process to kill any bacteria or viruses in the water. The result is clean, pure water. The RO water dispenser machine is located on the left side of the produce department. Water costs $0.25/gallon.
MOUNTAIN VALLEY SPRING WATER IN GLASS BOTTLES
Natural Grocers You can purchase still or carbonated Mountain Valley Spring Water in glass liter bottles individually or by the case for around $25/case.
Whole Foods You can purchase still or carbonated Mountain Valley Spring Water in glass liter bottles individually or by the case for around $32/case.
WATER PURIFICATION AND STORAGE
These are just some of the local sources of clean drinkable water. Once you have your water source, you’ll need to determine how to store it in your home – typically people choose between glass bottles and BPA-free plastic bottles and use crock dispensers on a counter or stand.
If you are harvesting wild water and are concerned about contaminants, you can purchase a water filter to go under the sink or above the counter. Since the Oak Creek Canyon spring water source is said to have high arsenic counts, a MultiPure Arsenic Filter might be a good choice. Berkey Stainless Steel Travel models are also popular but they won’t filter out arsenic.
With the help of affirmation decals (that say gratitude, love and other intentions), copper pyramids, crystals and images, you can design your own water altar to help infuse your water with positive intention and create beautifully structured water in your own home. Water bottles, crocks, stands, and decals can be purchased at Sedona Water Works in the Basha’s Shopping Center.