“The Stump” Fresh Spring Water in North Ogden

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I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of tap water. Yes, I am grateful to have clean water running freely in my home but man does it taste gross sometimes. Every once in a while I will turn on the tap and see all kinds of mysterious floaters and sometimes even the dreaded brown water.  Tap water is treated with tons of chemicals to kill the bacteria and microorganisms that can make you sick  and it can also contain a long list of other contaminates like toxic metal, salts, hormones and pesticides and god knows what else it comes into contact with as it makes its way through the pipes to your faucet.

Besides all the chemicals in tap water, Utah water is also some of the hardest water in the country. Hard water is water that has high levels of magnesium, calcium and even metals. Although drinking hard water is not known to cause adverse health effects, consuming high levels of bad calcium can. When I started to notice calcium buildup on my appliances and then when I developed severe and painful calcium kidney stones,  I decided enough was enough.

I started using a filter and that had worked great but then I learned about the benefits of drinking live water. Live water is  any water that is fresh, clean, organic, and unprocessed like spring water and water from fresh fruits such as coconut water. Spring water does not contain the chemicals and metals in tap water but  it does contain healthy minerals and some believe it can help cure many ailments. Spas all around the world boast of their use of spring water in their tubs and saunas and people travel far and wide to take a dip at Crystal Hot Springs for their healing minerals.

“The Stump” in North Ogden’s Bicentennial Park has had spring water flowing through it since 193o when  Clarence Barker drilled the well for irrigation.  In 1931 Joe Ballif hauled a stump over using 4 horses and created a water fountain for his burger stand and placed a sign above that read ‘Good water, isn’t it? Try our hamburgers.’.  The sump that stands at Bicentennial Park today is a fiberglass replica of the original stump but the water still flows just as clean.

I am not sure when the fountain turns on or if it even flows through the stump anymore but you can still fill up your jugs at the well just a few feet from the tree. On any given day you can expect to see a steady flow of people stopping by the fill up on the spring water, they all agree that this water just tastes better.  I can’t say whether it has any healing properties or if it is magical in some way but I can say that after a couple of weeks of drinking this fresh and clean water, my kidneys are finally starting to feel better.

If you want to try this local water for yourself you can drive to 2641 North 400 East, park in Lee’s Marketplace parking lot and fill up a jug.


Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.