Genuine Free-Flowing Spring
The geological definition of a spring is a place where water appears at the Earth’s surface on its own. Springs are caused by rain and snow [A] seeping into the ground [B] and collecting in fractures and fissures in the bedrock, creating underground “holding tanks” called aquifers [C]. As the water passes through the fine particulate matter (sand, clay and other minerals) it is naturally filtered and purified.
A spring occurs where a fissure in the bedrock breaks the surface at a point lower than the waterline of the highest point in the aquifer. The naturally higher water pressure forces the purified water up through the ground where it collects in pools or runs downhill.
The Mystery Of Tourmaline Spring
One of the things that makes Tourmaline Spring so unique is the fact that it’s located near the summit of the highest point in Cumberland County, Maine, nearly 350′ higher than the surrounding terrain; a high altitude source if you will. It allowed us to build our bottling plant below the source and gravity feed the water, straight into the bottle.
Tourmaline Spring is a true geologic phenomenon, and it defies an easy answer. The most logical explanation is that the water source originates somewhere higher, likely in the White Mountains some forty miles away. The fact that Tourmaline Spring Water travels so far, deep beneath some of the most pristine forest in North America may explain why our water is so uncommonly pure, just as it bubbles from the ground.
It would also help explain why in all of recorded history Tourmaline Spring has never decreased in flow, even in the worst drought conditions. The White Mountains always have snow every year at this latitude, and are not dependent on weather systems for water. The lifting action of the terrain, combined with consistent westerly air flow, creates its own weather and dumps copious amounts of rain and snow during all seasons.
What’s a Borehole and Why Should I Care?
A borehole is a drilled shaft [A] often three feet in diameter or more–through which water is pumped from underground aquifers. Several years ago, due to successful lobbying by large international bottled water conglomerates, the Food and Drug Administration broadened the legally accepted definition of “Spring Water” to include water that is pumped from boreholes, so long as the borehole is located “near” a place where water naturally flowed from the ground before the borehole was drilled.
Prior to this definition change, boreholes were not allowed. (That was the definition of well water!) The negative impact of boreholes is caused by the immense suction created, which can draw sediment and contaminants from the surrounding ground [B] into the aquifer. In some cases the quality of entire aquifers has been irreversibly compromised.
Boreholes bypass Mother Natures final and most important stage in the hydrologic cycle, allowing water to come up from depth unencumbered. This final stage, against gravity, where spring water normally percolates to the surface; is where the greatest filtration takes place and makes real spring water such an amazing product. Boreholes bypass this stage. Just about every bottled water company uses boreholes, because it increases flow and increases profits; but not us. We are borehole free and always will be!
The Age Of Water And Nuclear Weapons
Water cannot be dated like fossils. Carbon dating doesn’t work, because water contains no carbon. It is interesting to see the myriad of claims by competitors talking about the age of their waters when no such technology exists, other than pure estimates and guesswork. Just more marketing blather to try and mislead the public.
One interesting and troubling way exists, however. The presence or absence of Tritium, Strontium 90, and also Cesium.
These are radioactive isotopes with a half-life of 28 years. (but allow detection in a medically significant amount-defined as able to cause cancer-out to 600 years).
Where did these come from? In 1954, as part of Operation Castle, the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated by the United States took place on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. “Bravo” was a hydrogen bomb 1,000 times more powerful than that of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It was detonated on the surface of the coral reef in Bikinis’ Northwest corner.
This explosion-far larger than scientists expected-caused a massive mushroom cloud, dispersed radioactive fallout for hundreds of miles and delivered these radioactive isotopes into the Earths’ atmosphere. Within a matter of weeks, all surface areas on Earth contained these radioactive isotopes. Every lake, river, stream, mountain, soil, trees and so on was contaminated through natural rainfall.
They still exist to this day and recently with the explosions at Fukushima, Japan; even more radioactive contaminants were added to the atmosphere as well. Even in 1977 (nearly 25 years later, Strontium 90 levels in well water in Bikini Atoll still exceeded US limits).
Tourmaline Spring water is routinely tested for these isotopes which are easily detected with modern analysis techniques. None of these has ever been detected, proving positively that Tourmaline Spring water has been protected deep underground since at least 1954, probably a millennium, but can only be verified to 1954.
Even only 59 years ago, America and the world was a completely different place and man’s impact was not nearly what it is today. As we approach and quickly exceed 7 Billion people on Earth, adding a Billion every 10 years now, naturally pure water is becoming exceedingly rare indeed. In fact, from a common sense based perspective, what is more valuable than clean drinking water?
Tourmaline Spring water is actually one of the purest substances your body will ever come in contact with in your lifetime. Since water makes up 92% of our blood, building one’s bloodstream out of naturally pure water becomes increasingly critical as a foundation to good health. Not rocket science, just good old fashioned common sense.
We’ve always posted a summary analysis on this site, but to fully demonstrate our commitment to absolute transparency, we’re now providing complete details for anyone who wants to know precisely what they’re putting in their bodies.
Tourmaline Spring Water’s Purity—True And Completely Transparent
Our motto is “You Should Know Where Your Water Comes From,” and in that spirit, we’re laying our cards on the table; because frankly, the closer you look at Tourmaline Spring Water, the better we look. These reports are results from seven independent labs that collectively test for nearly 200 substances—more than twice the number required to be tested for by either the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tourmaline Spring Water spends nearly $10,000 each year to maintain this level of water-quality testing, far exceeding the EPA’s standards for public drinking water and the FDA’s standards for bottled water.
A Few Tips For Reading Water-Quality Analysis Reports
These reports are very detailed and can seem a little cryptic if you’re unaccustomed to interpreting them, so here are a few tips about what to look for and how to interpret the information:
The two primary columns to look at are “MCL” (Maximum allowable Contaminant Level) and “Level Detected.”
MCL is the level that the FDA deems acceptable. Substances that show no MCL value (represented by “- – -“) are considered harmless; therefore, no safety levels are established and enforced.
MCL values marked with two asterisks (**) are considered secondary, and testing for them is not required but recommended. These substances are not considered to affect health; testing for them is recommended only to provide clues to the source of any cloudiness or odor that may be present. You’ll see that our results for these substances fall far below the MCL, and Tourmaline Spring Water has no cloudiness or odor of any kind.
Level Detected is the amount of a given substance detected in Tourmaline Spring Water. You’ll see that very little of any substance…other than water…is found in Tourmaline Spring Water. Most substances tested for have a value of “ND” (None Detected).
For some substances, the result under “Level Detected” may be “NA.” This means the contaminant was not analyzed by that particular testing lab. Not every contaminant is tested for by every lab, but each contaminant is tested for by at least one of the labs.An asterisk (*) next to a result in the Level Detected column indicates a result that falls outside of the recommended range (either higher or lower) for that item.
The only item on our report that falls outside of the recommended range is pH. Because Tourmaline Spring Water has such a low mineral content, and minerals raise pH, our pH tends to be on the low side (5.8 on this report) for natural spring water. For comparison’s sake, the recommended range for treated bottled water is between 5 and 7, the human stomach is between 1 and 3, and apple juice is between 2.9 and 3.3.
Testing For Pharmaceuticals
We tested for pharmaceuticals in 2004 and found no evidence of them whatsoever. Not surprising, since the spring’s source is in a pristine Maine forest, on the highest ground in the county, far removed from man’s contaminants.
Most municipal water comes from surface water supplies like lakes, rivers and streams, which are easily contaminated by human activity. The source of contaminants like pharmaceuticals in municipal water is in part from human waste that is processed through sewage treatment plants and directly or indirectly reintroduced into public drinking water supplies—what some call a “toilet-to-tap” process.
You Won’t Find Any Water Purer Than Tourmaline Spring Water
Tourmaline Spring Water—unlike any municipal tap water—is authentic, free-flowing natural spring water that comes from a single protected aquifer deep beneath the pristine forests of Maine. We collect only the natural overflow without the use of pumps, bore holes, or other artificial means that can offset the balance of nature.
Click below to view the Tourmaline Spring source 2016 water analysis