Mt. Blue Spring, Hingham, MA

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This Spring is called “Mt. Blue Spring” & is located near the end of the driveway of the park [the last paved parking lot to the right (after a campsite), just before the turn-around @ the end of the road; Union St.]. The water comes from an Aquifer & is maintained by the park. It exists within a hut, & there are 3 faucets which maintain (limit) the water flow. I asked one of the rangers if it was “sucked” out of the earth like a well & he stated it is not, that it is indeed an aquifer, which means the water coming up is ‘ripe’, & just limited by the presence of 3 faucets, however there was some sort of pump there which they were having issues w/ (electrical) the day i went (7-3-09), but i believe that will be resolved shortly. So i’m a bit confused as to the reason the pump is there, but i’m assuming it assists in maintaining the flow of the water & is not there to suck it out of the ground. I was able to get a decent trickle of water the day i was there regardless. As is often the case with other springs, i’m assuming the pressure ebbs & flows. Another couple there stated that the flow i witnessed wasn’t nearly what they’re used to seeing, but the ranger stated it was working fine the day before. The park ranger also stated the spring has been there for many, many decades & that locals come from all around incessantly to fill their water, & that it is tested frequently. He had a test result page @ the Visitor Center, but not an extra one for me to take w/ me. He stated there is another posting of test results (mineral content/ppm?) at the hut where the water is, but i forgot to look for it when there, (didn’t see it). According to the ranger, this water was exported all over the world about 100 years back! He stated it was the best water around. I have to say that i THINK i liked the taste of this water better than my usual source of water in Exeter NH (oak st. extension), but it’s too premature to cast my vote…

Nearest Address

Wompatauk St. Park Union St. Hingham, MA 02043 (781) 749-7160

Directions from Nearest Address

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Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: 6

Hours Spring is Open:

Same hours as park (don’t know). call them at this number: (781) 749-7160 or (617) 895-8245

GPS: N/A

Map Link: Mt. Blue Spring Map

Submitted by: Carl Puglisi

Responses

  1. @google-4ffe2c527c802eda27199ee71bb7c10e:disqus Alissa FerrantoDid you read the report you linked to??Using cheap meters I bought from Amazon…ph-6.5TDS-85Always tastes great to me!

  2. Oh geez I always loved this water too but I just found out that apparently the main storage and distribution point for the entire eastern fleet of the Navy during WWII – all the processing, storage, and manufacturing of chemical weapons and ordinary explosives as well as the disposal site where they burned the chemical and the explosive munitions was 1000 feet away from the spring.  That stuff is totally carcinogenic…I honestly don’t know if it’s safe.  I am really sad but I think I will source my water from another spring from now on.  Mt Hitchcock is further away but wow that water is really high vibration and amazingly good…anyway, to see what I’m talking about, check it y’all: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/hac/pha/pha.asp?docid=1287&pg=1
    :-(((((

  3. ‘Reply’ isn’t working, so this is in response to Danielle’s post:

    There are a couple of homebrew shops close to the city.  I got my glass at the one in Cambridge: https://www.beerbrew.com/?path=Hours

    You’ll find anything from 1 gal jugs (~$6) to 5 gal carboys (~$40).  I HIGHLY recommend getting “Brew Hauler” carboy carriers for the 5’s.  You’ll save yourself a LOT of heartache (BTW, they’re much cheaper online!)

  4. Like SG, I’ve been listening to David Wolfe and Daniel Vitalis talk for years about spring water. At the time I was in California and not close to any spring water so I was thrilled to discover this little gem. Not only is it incredibly easy to access but it’s also part of a beautiful state park so you can follow up your water harvesting with a run, hike or bike ride. Any tips on where to get 5 gallon (or 1 gallon jugs)? Thanks!

  5. My first Mt. Blue visit: Feb-11-2012

    After listening to David Wolfe’s and Daniel Vitalis’ lectures on spring water over the years, I decided that it was finally time to graduate from Berkey-filtered city water to harvested raw water.

    Three faucets are located on a wall as you descend a few steps inside the enclosed shack. The height between the spigot and floor is PERFECT for filling 5 gallon carboys—they can remain on the ground while tilted a few degrees, allowing for the spigot to drop about an inch inside the neck; totally conducive to full-blast quick fills.

    Also, I recommend using the right-hand faucet for staging heavy containers.  When you’re done filling, just lift your jug straight up and onto the adjacent chest-high floor.

    My in-laws live on top of an aquifer up in VT, and I’ll rank Mt. Blue’s water as good if not better.

    Regarding the concern on the 6.0 pH reading from the previous commenter: from what I understand, the best spring water has pH levels as low as 5.8.  Cold natural spring water should be slightly acidic; more hydrogen = better hydration.  And I feel it too!  Not to mention its other benefits.  I just drank my first 5 gallons and I’m IN.

    Only a 35 minute drive from J.P., I’m going to make Wompatuck a bi-weekly tradition.

    Thank you, Earth.

  6. I had some extra test strips so I figured I’d test some things.   

    Iron:  0 – safe
    Copper:  0 – safe
    Nitrate:  0.25 – safe

    Flow was slow last Thursday 12/8/11 when 3 faucets running.  Has anyone noticed this or has it improved?

  7. Hi. I just got returned from the spring today. All faucets are working again, but it is very cold and icy, so use caution. Someone mentioned the faucets were frozen/not working earlier in the morning. There is a water analysis posted in the visitor center (not in the spring’s shack), but it is from 2009 (!). I spoke with a park employee about this today, and I was told that an independent contractor does test the water every week or two, but he is unsure why current results aren’t posted. He is going to enquire and see if an updated sheet can be placed on the bulletin board (on the left when you walk in). The sodium in the water seems a little high right now to me. This could be natural, or some could be from seepage from de-icing elements. pH is still a firm 6.0. Hope this helps.

  8. P.S. Note: Also, last weekend when I was there, the faucet on the far left (there are three faucets total) was not working at all.

  9. Hi. I live in the area and get water from the spring every week. I recently (Jan. 8, 2011) did a PH test of the water, and am getting a reading of 6.0. How do others feel about this acidity? There is also a noticeable salt taste that lingers in the mouth. I don’t recall this from the water prior to the spring being closed late in 2010. I’ve looked for a mineral/PPM page in the shack, but I don’t see one. Does anybody have any thoughts or feedback on this? I still consider this exception water. Thank you.

  10. PLEASE update information, the hours that spring is up is 8am to 3:30pm, was informed by park ranger, also filtering system is a UV lamp for kill bactara.

  11. One of the most notable features of the Park is Mt. Blue Spring which is a popular source of fresh drinking water. Visitors can help themselves for free. The park is named for an Indian chief the local colonists knew as Josiah Wompatuck. In 1665, Chief Wompatuck deeded the park and the surrounding land to the English settlers. During WWII the park was used as an ammunition depot by the US military. Wompatuck State Park offers 12 miles of paved bicycle trails, and many miles of wooded bridle paths and hiking trails. This is also a geocaching park as one can find up to 30 geocaches within park boundaries. Fishing is allowed in the Cohasset Reservoir. A boat ramp is provided for car-top boats, but no boat trailers, please.

  12. Me and my friends use this spring for our main source of drinking water. Such a lovely resource to have near by! Wanted to give an alternative number because the number you have listed doesn’t always work. 617-895-8245 – it’s just a recording but it will tell you if the spring is open or not. Also during the off season (when the campground is closed) the gates close at 330. This year campground open May 17th. Once the campground is open the gates stay open at all times.

  13. My wife and I go to this spring every other week! We make an 1.5 hour drive both ways! Its worth it! The water is crisp and clean! We have never had any problems 🙂 We also love meeting the locals! The spouts at the spring are unique. It makes it hard to fill smaller bottles. Your best bet is buying a drinking water hose to hook up to the spouts. Helps you fill up fast!

  14. Just got water from here today. There were a couple other people there filling a lot of bottles when I got there. Water seems fine initially. Tastes and looks good. The filling station is somewhat less than ideal as it’s hard to fill containers with smaller openings, but it’s doable.

  15. Hey Everyone,

    I go to this spring every 2 months its amazing best in the Boston area. Call the Wompatuck State Park Rangers if you have any questions about the spring. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/wompatuck-state-park.html

    There are usually 3 working faucets and a little hut and large parking lot.

    The Rangers check the water about every week. Over the summer of 2015 the rock filter wasn’t working so they had to have it off for a couple weeks. If your driving from far call ahead. I hope this helps everyone.

  16. As of today (10/14/15), the spring is closed “until further notice” according to park staff and a recorded message when you call. Just FYI in case anyone is looking to head out there!

  17. The spring currently only has one working faucet for when I was last there (7/20/15). The rangers don’t seem to post the water results anywhere online but I think there are some at the main building driving in. They have shut off the faucets for a couple of weeks because the water wasn’t making the quality they want for the public. That’s all I know. I drive from Cambridge to there once a month and I have been drinking the water for over a year now. I love it.

  18. Since most of these posts date a couple years back, has anyone been to this spring lately? Was thinking of making the drive tomorrow but just wanted to know if the spring was open/accessible… Any insight would be helpful. Thanks!
    jsnmach@yahoo.com

How to Collect Spring Water

Drinking pure spring water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Our bodies are over 99% water at the molecular level, so water affects every aspect of our biology. Yet, not all water is created equal. Almost all the bottled spring water available is pasteurized for shelf stability, which neutralizes many of the powerful health benefits such as increased hydrogen, healthy probiotics, and crystalline structure. For more about why unprocessed spring water is the best water to drink, read this.

The best way to guarantee you are getting real unprocessed spring water is to collect it yourself. This is a short and simple guide filled with information about how to gather spring water. We will cover how to find a spring, how to collect the water, how to honor the spring, how to store the water properly and other tips.

FindASpring.com is the best resource for locating a spring near you. However, not all springs are on the map. First, check the map to see if there is a spring in your local area. If there is, look at the reviews and comments. Has anyone shared helpful information about flow rate or posted a water test result? Is the spring in a pristine area? Do a bit of research and make sure the spring is safe to drink from. If you have any doubt about the purity, don’t risk it and get a water test, HERE. If you don’t see a spring on the map in your area, there still might be some that aren’t listed yet. First, ask the older generation who have lived in your area a long time if they know. You can also ask people in your community who might already get spring water such as people at a health food store or at a farmers market. Another great option is to view A US forest service map, where many springs have been marked. You can view these maps through the Gaia GPS or All Trails hiking apps on your phone. The map overlay you want is USGS Topo. Not all are easily accessible or ideal for drinking, but some are and it can be a fun adventure to find them. We have found over half a dozen great springs this way.

Once you’ve found your spring, figure out how you are going to gather the water. Is it right on the side of the road and easy to access or do you have to hike to it? We recommend storing spring water in glass instead of plastic to preserve the purity of the water. It is better for the environment, your body, and the water. Even BPA free plastic has toxic chemicals that can leach into water and cause health issues. If you do want to use plastic for safety reasons when filling at the spring, we recommend transferring the water to glass as soon as possible. FindASpring is sponsored by Alive Waters, which offers beautiful reusable glass. They have a 2.5 gallon option, which is a convenient size for carrying that isn’t too heavy. They also sell handles that you can use to transport the jugs even more easily. If you have to hike to access the spring, we recommend putting the water jugs into an extra large backpack to hike the water out with ease. We use Osprey packs that hold 2 jugs each. You can also use a wheelbarrow or even a stroller depending on how easy a walk it is.

Filling 2.5 Gallon Alive Waters Jug

When you get to the spring, remember to first give back before you take. Springs are considered sacred in indigenous cultures around the world for their life giving water and also as a connection to the inner earth. A powerful and simple way to give back is to clean up. Is there any trash that needs to be collected? Could you move any dead leaves or sticks to improve the flow rate? Show up in service. Some other wonderful ways to give is with a moment of expressing verbal gratitude, singing songs to the water, offering the water an ethically sourced crystal, a feather, or some other physical gift. Flowers are a popular and beautiful thing to offer, but please be careful to source organic ones as most flowers from the store are sprayed with pesticides and can be toxic to put near a spring. Also, flowers can attract bugs as they decay, so it can be best to offer them to the flowing water directly or a little downstream from the spring head.

When gathering the water, fill the jug as close to the spring head as possible, never gather downstream. Be very careful as wet glass is extremely slippery. Make sure the lid is securely fastened. When transporting the spring water home, the jugs can sometimes slide around the car. Secure them in place or wrap them with towels or something so they don’t crash into each other.

How you store your spring water is essential. It is not pasteurized like spring water from the store, so it will start growing algae if left in direct sunlight. This is good because it means it’s alive! If the water you drink can’t even support the most basic life forms, how do you think it will support your body? Store your water in a cool, dark place such as a dark corner, pantry or closet. The fridge is ideal if you have room. Some people prefer to filter their water through a Berkey filter before drinking, but if the spring is pure, it’s not necessary. We drink our spring water completely unfiltered.

How long the water stays good for depends on how cold a temperature it’s stored at. Spring water is best fresh. We personally do not prefer to drink spring water past 2 weeks old. However, we know other people that will drink it at a month old. It’s great to get in a rhythm where you know how long the water lasts you and put your collection day on the calendar in advance.

I believe that water is calling us to reconnect with her in the deepest way, to gather our own water. Just like our ancestors did. Our ancestors didn’t have fancy water machines. They also didn’t create villages or settle where there was no water. Water was revered as the center of the community and the nodal point around which life could spiral out and take root.

Here’s to restoring the sacred connection with the waters of life.

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