Schmidt Brewery Well, St. Paul, MN

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7th St. West
St. Paul, MN 55103
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Description

This is not a true spring but a well that is 1,100 feet deep well taps into the Mount Simon-Hinckley aquifer to water that is purported to be over 30,000 years old. True fossil water! This well was drilled by the old Schmidt Brewery that is no longer in service but is now a St. Paul historical landmark.

The water has been available to the public on-and-off through the years and has recently been re-opened in early 2010. The water is brought up to a holding tank which is then dispensed to the public through a vending machine.

Note that there is a sign by the vending machine that claims that the water is UV treated. We are unsure how accurate this is at this time.

You can see a cross-section map of how far the well has been drilled into the aquifer here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/22857823/Schmidt-Brewery-Aquifer-Context

Here is a nice article from Minnesota Public Radio about the re-opening of the water to the public. Includes some nice history as well.

We’ve been using the water on-and-off since it’s re-opening. It tastes very clean and the TDS is a bit lower than Fredrick-Miller Spring, although not by much.

Nearest Address

Intersection of 7th St. West and Webster St. in St. Paul, right off the river.

Directions from Nearest Address

From highway 94, go south on 35E and exit on Randolph Avenue. Go East and then turn North on West 7th St. You will see it on the right-hand side up a few blocks.

Vital Information

  • Fee: 50 cents/gallon
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 215
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: 6.7

Hours Spring is Open:

24/7/365

GPS: N/A

Map Link: Schmidt Brewery Well Map

Submitted by: Anonymous

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  1. Jeff Thone says:

    Is there a problem with the water? I just filled up and have discarded because the taste is awful much like petroleum. The dispenser indicated the water was free and sure enough it was.

    Is there some way I contact someone about this?

    Jeff Thone 612-221-1717
    jeff.thone@gmail.com

  2. Petrifiedforest says:

    I've tasted this water and it is sublime. I use glass containers when I collect the water.
    GLASS is the BEST way.

  3. KingsFielder says:

    just tasted this water for the first time, after getting tipped off by my pa about this spot. Bought 3gallon glass containers for this special aqua. The water is by far the best and easiest to drink water I have ever had. It taste like a mix of the water machined stuff dispensed in grocery stores with the reverse osmosis treatment- meaning it is as equally pure tasting, with a hint of mineral water mixed in. very easy to drink! get some! i will see you there

  4. Winfred says:

    Hi! I have purchased this water and wonder why it always has a garlic like odor. The odor varies in strength and in recent weeks has been quite strong. It tastes fine. Why does it have that garlic odor? Only about two or three times I’ve purchased water there it did have a petroleum taste to it, so I wonder why that is too? Thanks “admin” for posting this. I hope you respond as it looks like no one else has been getting any. Thanks!

    • Johnelle Zimney says:

      On Thurs June 9, 2011, I filled 7
      gallons glass jugs with water

      –the water turned yellowish and
      odor
      coming from it smelled like diesel fuel.

      I discarded it.

       

      I found this web site to find the
      info below.

      Previously when operated by the
      brewery,

      because the well was a
      non-community source,

      the MN Dept of Health
      “regulated” it.

      But when I called Mn Dept of
      Health on June 9,

      I was told it was now a community

      water source and the Dept of Ag
      had responsibility.

       

      I found the link below to find
      someone to call–Chad Kolstad—

      and reported the color and odor.

      http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/org/contactlst.html#wtrpws

      Water QualityComplaints (Colored
      Water/Taste & Odor In Water)
      Community Water Systems (Refer to engineer in your county. See
      list below.)  St.Paul Office  Chisago, Isanti, Ramsey, and Washington
      Counties
      Chad Kolstad, 651-201-3972, chad.kolstad@state.mn.us

      Chad
      phoned back on Tues 11June14 to say that

      St. Paul Environmental Health
      had responsibility for testing the water and

      it sounded to him like they would
      test this week

      because of my report of bad color
      and odor.

       

      He had left a message for Barb
      McCannick (sp?),

      but someone else called him back
      and he didn’t get that person’s name.
      As far as reporting, Chad
      thought they would post at the well site if

      they found something wrong.

       

      This site has a great history from
      when the brewery operated it,

      but I have strong reservations
      about the current operators.

      Hope this info is helpful to you.

       

  5. Johnelle Zimney says:

    10June10 Filled 7 gallons glass jugs with water–the water turned yellowish and odor
    coming from it smelled like diesel fuel. I phoned
    Water Quality
    Complaints (Colored Water/Taste & Odor In Water)
    Community Water Systems
    Refer to engineer in your county. See
    list below.
    St.
    Paul Office

    Chisago, Isanti, Ramsey, and Washington Counties

    Chad Kolstad, 651-201-3972, chad.kolstad@state.mn.us
    He phoned back to say that St. Paul Environmental Health
    had responsibility for testing the water and it sounded like
    they would test this week because of my report of bad color and odor.
    As far as reporting, Chad thought they would post at the well site if
    anything was found wrong!

  6. Bchungk says:

    Has this well been tested lately?

  7. Yljohn says:

    As of 6/14/12: I get water here regularily over the past few years. It has always been awesome quality. Never once have I noticed discoloration or off odor or bad taste. It is all I drink at home. I fill up 25 gallons per trip. I use it for cooking and the dog too.

    Our Edina city water is horrible tasting to me, too much chlorine and added fluoride for sure.

  8. eTicket says:

    I like the water here. The price recently increased to $0.75 cents/gallon as of 1/1/2013. The machine takes $1 bills or quarters ONLY.

  9. Paul says:

    Is it open during the winter? I just found this site, curious to try the water here. I noticed no one has posted since January, how is the water now?

  10. Kajsa says:

    Still 75 cents for a gallon. We filled up our three gallon jug this evening. Very delicious water, clear and sweet.

  11. Emily says:

    I have been buying this water since the self service vending machine opened, about 10-15 gallons a week. I love the taste and I’ve never had a bad batch. However, the price will increase to $1.00 gallon on 10-15-2014 and I think that may be too spendy for my budget.

  12. Peter Hoovey says:

    American greed has set in…….the owner of the tap has just raised the price per gallon to $1.00 and I hope people stop buying from him.

  13. Billy says:

    Love the well, unbelievable quality, however the price has DOUBLED from 50 cents to a dollar in TWO YEARS.

    Almost everyone I know has started going elsewhere or using at home filters for the water due to this fact.

    It is basic economics. Sometimes you can make more money charging less due to higher volume. The owners may actually find their profits decrease with the increase in fees.

    I know me and my families are filling up less now, and I am sure we are not alone.

  14. Becky says:

    I just recently cut out tap water, and started buying bottled water. I decided to give this a shot, and it tastes much better than bottled, and not to mention just better water all around. It’s $1 per gallon, which may be too much for some, and going down there to lug gallons of water home is a bit of work. But, I will pay a price for good quality of things I put into my body. Perhaps the price may go back down if they see a decrease in usage because of the hike.

  15. Greg Brick says:

    Back in the 1990s I made a complete survey of the springs of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, some of which had been used for drinking water in the early days. I did not drink from any of them, but if you’d like to read my 1997 report and see a map of the spring locations, it is available on the Minnesota Ground Water Association website, starting on page 1 of the pdf:

    http://www.mgwa.org/newsletter/mgwa1997-1.pdf

  16. Greg Brick says:

    Here’s a slide show of springs from the Minneapolis-St Paul area, some of which are still used for drinking water by local residents:

    http://www.gregbrick.org/historic-springs

  17. Rose D'Acquisto says:

    Here’s a recent article on the most recent owners of the well. It’s still an outdoor vending station. You can fill up your own containers and it costs $1 a gallon, with cash, credit and Apple Pay payments accepted. https://growlermag.com/mill-urban-organics-is-giving-ancient-water-a-fresh-new-name-the-drink/

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