Sketched March 20, 2013
Pure. Clean. The best drinking water in the world.
People are raving about the mineral spring on 164th Street in Lynnwood where fresh water flows at a rate of 10 gallons per minute.
Betty Bowie, of Green Lake, has been coming here for more than 15 years. “If you make coffee with this water, there’s no comparison,” she told me after loading the trunk of her Subaru with an array of containers totaling more than 22 gallons.
Peter Monsaas, of Lake Stevens, said everyone in his family of four drinks this water. He discovered the well from friends who told him it’s good for brewing beer.
But is the untreated water really safe to drink?
The Alderwood Water & Wastewater District conducts periodic sanitary tests and posts results online. And according to their website, the 164th Street Artesian Well, originally drilled in 1956, has never failed a water-quality test.
That may explain why regulars feel so protective of this precious source. After I identified myself, Bowie seemed worried: “Are you going to advertise this in the newspaper?”
I spent about three hours sketching at the well, and just like the water, the flow of cars never stopped. Bowie said sometimes she has to wait 20 or 30 minutes for her turn, but she doesn’t mind. She said people are polite and often help her carry the full containers back to the car. “It’s a very positive kind of experience.”
Oh, and I did try the water. It tasted good!