Love’s Creek, Knoxville, TN

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Posted: February 25, 2014

Category: Tennessee, United States, View All

Loves Creek Rd.
Knoxville, TN
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They have a clean pipe running out from the spring under a wooden awning, near the road.

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  1. shannon says:

    anyone used this water. curious of the water quality

    • Ella says:

      I’ve been drinking from this creek since 1992. It’s the best water in Knoxville ! I had meet people at the creek that were in there 80’s and had been drinking water from the creek since they we’re kids. Sometimes I see a van from a water company in GA that test the water and confirmed that is very good to drink it. Try it you’ll enjoy it like the rest of us:)

      • Brandon says:

        I have went since I was a kid ,I am 37 ,I have met people that have drank that water for over 50 years from there stories, I have drank nothing but this water for 7 years a gallon a day , an have never had any health issues ,it was once labeled by the city as one of the cleanest springs in all of Tn

  2. Denice Tinsley says:

    Started gathering water from this site a couple of months ago. Water has extremely good flow, is easy to get to, clear and cold. I ran into someone who was collecting water for their father. They said they didn’t drink it themselves but father had for years. They also told me Knox County use to have a sign posted listing dates they tested the water but the sign had disappeared. I contacted the health department of Knox County and the last time they tested it was June 2014. Said the water was clean. Will check back with health department periodically and post results.

  3. Miriam says:

    Can anyone provide more specific directions? it’s not clear exactly where this is and the “get directions” link doesn’t really provide enough information.

  4. Callie says:

    I lived in the big house on the hill about a block down the road for several years in the 90s. All of our house’s water came from the same spring. I miss fresh spring & well water. So, was hoping there was another one closer to where I live now, but i guess I’ll be heading back to the old stomping grounds to get something that won’t poison us. When we lived there we had the water tested. It was good. I HATE drinking chlorinated & fluoridated water. I partially grew up there & with well water @ another house. I have never had a cavity. I hate the fluoride propaganda! It’s a waste biproduct from metal production…

  5. John says:

    I second the Miriam question above: Can anyone provide more specific directions? One cannot tell much from the map.

  6. Jowee says:

    The location is actually in google maps, here is a link right to it : )

    https://goo.gl/maps/NU4sjGsBEd82

  7. Zak says:

    if you google map “Love’s Creek Springhouse” it will take you to the site

  8. Kristen Brown says:

    My husband is a water quality engineer from a reputable company. I was curious and asked him to test the water. The water he tested from February 2016 was full of bacteria. I will have him test again and will post results.

  9. ken britton says:

    I noticed when this water evaporates, it leaves a white powder residue. Someone said it might be calcium. This area shows up to be high in radon which can be absorbed in ground water. Has Love’s Creek EVER been tested for radon?

    • Andie Kat says:

      The powder is more than likely lime. It’s harmless but can be irritating for some. I personally would not drink it. I grew up there but now live in Ohio.

  10. Jeff Whitaker says:

    I’ve tested this water on 1-23-17 and the PH was 6.2 and the TDS ( total dissolvable solids) was 270 ppm. 270 is a CRAZY high number. tap water is around 30-50 and thats full of chemicals. i dont believe this water is safe for human consumption. i also tested the creek water that runs along the “spring” and it tested exactly the same 274ppm. im looking into getting it tested for parasites and bacteria. hopefully if its contaminated we can get the city to shut it down. PLEASE always test your water. just because its clear and you think it doesnt taste bad doesnt mean youre not loading your body with parasites.

    • Cara says:

      Any follow-up? Thank you for the great information, I’m new to the area and had access to a great spring at my former home and really miss it.

    • Brian Cook says:

      TDS alone is not an indicator of water quality. You have to test in the lab for the solids it’s contains. For example here are 2 test over the years from were I am from on the puplic water system. You will see in one case the TDS is much higher than the 240 reported for this spring.

      Ward labs report on Lexington Ky tap water from July 2013.

      pH 7.1
      Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 167
      Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.28
      Cations / Anions, me/L 2.6 / 2.5

      Sodium, Na 9
      Potassium, K 2
      Calcium, Ca 25
      Magnesium, Mg 10
      Total Hardness, CaCO3 104
      Nitrate, NO 3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
      Sulfate, SO -4S 14
      Chloride, Cl 24
      Carbonate, CO 3 < 1
      Bicarbonate, HCO 3 53
      Total Alkalinity, CaCO 3 44

      Lexington KY tap water 2007
      pH 7.5
      Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 326
      Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.54
      Cations / Anions, me/L 5.6 / 5.4

      Sodium, Na 18
      Potassium, K 4
      Calcium, Ca 51
      Magnesium, Mg 26
      Total Hardness, CaCO 3 236
      Nitrate, NO 3-N 0.3 (SAFE)
      Sulfate, SO -4S 49
      Chloride, Cl 19
      Carbonate, CO 3 < 1
      Bicarbonate, HCO 3 112
      Total Alkalinity, CaCO 3 92

    • Reality1000 says:

      The ppm could be the natural lime or calcium others have mentioned maybe?

    • Angie says:

      How much TDS is safe to drink?: the minimum TDS based on some studies should be at least close to 30 ppm – keeps the mineral levels in check. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) fixes the upper limit of TDS in drinking water at 500 ppm.

    • jake says:

      TDS can be minerals or other organic matter though, doesn’t necessarily mean anything harmful. I did have this spring tested for coliforms/ecoli by a professional lab from sterile container and it tested “below detectable level”. Please post back with any other independent test results.

  11. Erik says:

    On 5/1/2017 called Knox County Health Dept and the woman who answered said they test Love’s Creek Springhouse 3 or 4 times a year and the water is safe to drink based on those tests. If anyone wants to confirm recommend calling the health dept at 865-215-5000 and press 4. Also, stop by the springhouse and speak to locals who having been drinking the water for years.

  12. MIT says:

    I live very close to this spring and it is said to be safe to drink and I see a lot of people getting water there.I think it is safe at this time but the safety of a natural springs water can literally change overnight undetected.

  13. Rusty says:

    The Knox County Health Dept.does not recommend or discourage people from drinking this water.It is true that the water is tested from time to time but they make no claims it is pure,or totally safe to drink.The test administered is the same test given to city water supply which doesn’t cover every contaminant possible.It is not tested anywhere near as often as the city water supply and as there are several natural contamanents underground the safety of this water could literally change overnight without your knowledge until you consume it or the contaminates are discovered in a random water test.Not to say it is unsafe to drink but you drink it at your own risk

  14. JJ says:

    The last known test for Loves Creek by the Health Department is 7/10/2017 (as of 12/12/2017). They test 4 times a year.The Health Department was more than willing to email a copy of the results.
    If you are interested in staying updated with water testing at Loves Creek Spring in Knoxville see the number

    Knox County Health Department
    Environmental Health-Groundwater Division
    865-215-5208

  15. Renzo says:

    July 16 2018
    Just called the Health Dept (865) 215 5208 and the lady that answered said that the water had being tested the week prior and that it tested negative for e.coli and bacteria and that it is safe to drink. Good News!

  16. Steven says:

    You might be scared to drink the water but I see new people every time I go so think if it was gonna hurt you then why do people keep going back and there always friendly I have been drinking that water for years and years my papaw showed my dad and he showed me and ill be showing my son too “just stick your head under there and get you a sip” dad would say. Think about it they sell cancer sticks (cigarettes) in stores for less than a good bottle of mineral water. If the TDS is high that doesn’t mean it’s full of bacteria thats probably minerals. Its an Artesian well if you dont like the PH level DONT DRINK THE WATER!! GO HOME TO YOUR BOTTLED POOL WATER!!

  17. DAVE PITTMAN says:

    I have enjoyed this spring water for many years. My mother told of taking water from the spring with her granny when she was a child in the 1930s. The well was drilled in the early thirties by the Army Corp of Engineers. It is a deep artisian well is every bit as good as any limestone spring. Like the one at Jack Daniels. Very heavy in minerals, making it delicious but also means that two tea kettles of boiled water will leave a noticeble lime buildup but so what.

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