Hygeia Spring, Big Bend, WI  5/5 (1)

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Spring water flows out of (2)two seperate spickets…high enought to fill a 5 gallon glass jug underneath.

The spring water, which flows from a source 2200 feet below the earth’s surface near Big Bend, WI, is said to be among the purest in the world.

Additional info here and here (PDF links).

Nearest Address

S91 W22920 Milwaukee Ave (nearest address: Richy’s Bar…another watering hole)

Directions from Nearest Address

Hwy 164 (Clark St) & Hwy L (Milwaukee St) Located on Milwaukee St. East of Hwy 164 on the South side of road, a gravel pathway is leading to spring.

Vital Information

  • Fee: Donations welcome
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 416
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:



Submitted by: John J Smith & Jennifer Bartell


  1. I absolutely love this water. I always leave a donation for the man who makes the spring available to the general public and who maintains the site, even in winter. For me, this spring with its pure water constantly bubbling out of the ground is a magical place. I have never found another person getting water there in a bad mood.

  2. Just stopped by this spring today for the first time. It’s a well maintained spring on private property with public access and a donation box. Filled up my jugs, left a donation and will be back regularly. Water tastes great.

  3. Just found this site. This spring may very well be the one from FAR off memory. My Great- Grandparents lived on the Fox River in Big Bend. I recall walking to a nearby spring to get watercress. The water was SO delicious! We will be going to this spring in early Spring. I will trust this water for a very simple reason: this spring sustained my Great – Grandparents, my parents and me as an infant. None of them would have given me anything unhealthy.

  4. Has anyone noticed how differently this water looks when it’s frozen compared to frozen tap water?  It has crystals and looks like a christmas tree inside, while tap water just looks cloudy.

  5. Type your comment Here is the fresh spring water frozen, tap water doesn’t show any crystals, looks foggy.  Why freezing tell you a lot about water quality, I don’t know of any one that uses this as a test!!!

  6. I find the information here to be confusing.  Is the water good for you or not?  What about radon levels?  I heard deep wells are suseptable to high radon?

  7. The TDS reading of this spring is VERY HIGH – it is 416 on my TDS meter… YIKES!

    Today, Saturday December 25th 2010, I decided to visit this spring. I live about 5 miles away. I brought my TDS meter with me.

    This spring’s TDS readings are in the DANGER zone, according to Daniel Vitalis’ standards. See his video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_hvLvS2dgY that references TDS numbers.

    Here’s a video of me testing the water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG0LuuRzQtQ

    1. i checked tds levels are not high dont drink the water if you think its to high .why dont you just drink that shit out of your faucet moron

    2. This is a simple but very reliable tester that measures the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in water. It gives a reading in parts per million (ppm) of all the dissolved solids, good or bad. Dissolved solids in water are mainly its mineral content. If your tap water, for example, has a TDS reading of 250 parts per million, that means that the total content of the minerals dissolved in the water make up 250 parts per million of the total volume. So what do you mean by “Yikes”! The water is perfect in every way.

        1. There is the Pryor Street Well in Bay View (Pryor Street 1/2 block west of Superior at the lake, it’s on the map on this site). I’ve been drinking that for months. Don’t know if it’s hard or not. I do know the city checks it periodically to see if it’s safe but I don’t think they’d caution anyone if it was “hard” water considering what they pump into our houses. Read “The Case Against Flouride” . . . ok, I haven’t but I heard a podcast with an extended 2 hour interview with one of the authors. I was easily convinced. 4/7/2012

          1. So 416 is medium then  and there for it is a good sorce right?

          2. TDS – Total Dissolved Solids in Bottled Water
            A water’s TDS is normally made magup mainly of carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides, sulfates, phosphates, nitrates, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and a few other minerals. Gases, colloids, or sediment is not included in the TDS measurement.After mouthfeel, TDS is the second most important factor in matching water with food. The higher the mineral content, the more distinct a water’s taste can be.
            Think of low TDS waters as comparable to white wines, with a clean, neutral taste and less weight; high TDS waters are more like red wines, with a heavier, more substantial feel. Very high TDS waters feel distinctly heavy and may have an aftertaste, much like a big, bold red wine. Most mineral water you drink, though, probably has a medium TDS measurement and is more like a heavy white or a light red wine.

            Super Low0 – 50mg/lLow50- 250 mg/lMedium250- 800mg/lHigh800 – 1.500mg/lVery High1.500mg/l & over
            Regulations regarding TDS vary throughout the world. In the United States, bottled water must contain at least 250 mg/l TDS to be labeled as mineral water. TDS above 500 mg/l qualifies a water as -low mineral content- more than 1,500 mg/l allows a – high mineral content – label.

    3. TDS meter reads 416… that’s actually considered a fairly low mineral content mineral water, and is very good for you.

    1. Hello everyone, does anyone know if this spring is still open to the public with the Covid issues going on? Thanks in advance!

  8. When we lived near this spring we went every week to get all of our drinking water. The first day I couldn’t stop drinking it. My body craved it. It’s absolutely delicious and revitalizing. We were all so healthy drinking this water.

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