Buchtel Spring, Buchtel, OH



3 clay pipes coming out of concrete face, into concrete trough with drain in middle. Very large spring. Access from Franklin St.

Nearest Address

Corner of Franklin St. and Marietta Ave. just off SR 78 East

Directions from Nearest Address

Southeast Ohio
US 33 to Nelsonvillle,Ohio.
Turn onto SR 78 East, go through Buchtel (east side of town), turn left at Marietta Ave.

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 311
  • Temp: 58° F
  • pH: 5.9

Hours Spring is Open:



Map Link: Buchtel Spring Map

Submitted by: Brad Kornmiller


  1. This is a historic coal mining area, and this may be draining an abandoned, flooded mine – thus the aluminum, and possibly other coal-associated chemicals.  

    1. True, just up the road, near Straitsville, the discharge from a mine on the right hand side of the road was analyzed.  It contained very high amounts of aluminum.  Oddly the amount of aluminum varied by season.  I’ve also noted that at times there appears to be oil in this Buchtel spring water.  I recall, when I was young, there was a pipe burning off natural gas that seeped out of the ground nearby.  There’s some interesting forces of nature at work there!

  2. From what I understand about this spring is it is in fact an old flooded mine draining. It’s apparently tested regularly by a watershed protection group and they say it is safe. But I’m a little worried about it being an old mine.

    Does anyone drink from this spring? Is it really safe? Are there any other springs around Athens County that are okay?

    I recently moved down to Athens from New Hampshire. Absolutely loving this area, but I miss my springs in NH!

    1. Lots of people drink from it, some get their whole water supply from it.  It differs somewhat from the area well water, which tends to be high in manganese.  I think I’d rather drink from this spring than the city water supplies in the area, which either come from Burr Oak, or the gravel beds of the Hocking Valley.  Not everything that flows out of a coal mine is bad for you.  God only knows (literally) what the water flows through on its way to the outlet.

  3. I hope that the EPA doesn’t try to close it. It is the best water withn a 100 miles. People from all over ohio and WV come to get this water.

  4. This water is very safe to drink. Hocking college tests it every other day. It is not a old flooded mine! It’s an underground lake.

  5. Supplement to my other comment:

    The US EPA contaminant limits can be found here: http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/#two

    After a comparison I found the following notable:
    (BS= Buchtel spring)

    BS pH is 6, too acidic to be within the 6.5-8.5 EPA limit.

    BS sulfate concentration is 413 mg/l, nearly double the EPA limit of 250 mg/l.

    I wish there was a more up to date analysis for comparison.

  6. My family and I filled up 9 gallons for the week to drink….Tastes so much better than any bottled water….In the week we’ve been drinking it we can all say we physically feel better….We were drinking Ice Mountain bottled water forever and I never felt hydrated, my tongue was always so dry….Not with this Buchtel Trough water….My tongue is always moist and I’ve felt a balance in my hydration….When we went to fill up for the 1st time last week I thought we’d be the only ones….I was wrong, about 8 other vehicles pulled in and filled up while we were there….I was surprised to see all different classes of people there, poor, middle and high and from far off cities too….I’m happy to have found this location….This “Fountain of Youth”….We’re going to be regulars here from now on just like others we’ve met here saying they’ve been drinking from this trough for more than 20 years….Try it, you’ll like it! Have a wonderful day! ????

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