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Magical Drinking or Magical Thinking? The Truth and Myth About Drinking "Raw," Untreated Water


There are 27 springs in New Hampshire that some Granite Staters use as their primary water source. NHPR's Outside/In visited these springs, and investigated the truth and myth behind the raw water movement. Why are some people turning to unfiltered water, and what should you know about spring drinking?  

Visit the Outside/In website to hear their episode, and subscribe to their podcast, and to see the test results for contaminants from three springs in New Hampshire. 


  • Taylor Quimby - Senior producer for NHPR's Outside/In, a show about the natural world and how we use it. 
  • Joe Ayotte - Chief of the Groundwater Quality Section for the New England Water Science Center and supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. 
  • Paul Susca - Supervisor for Planning, Protection, and Assistance at the Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau for the N.H. Department of Environmental Services. 

Related Reading: allows you to search for springs in your area, and see an overhead shot of the spring's location. 

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau page for the N.H. Department of Environmental Services has resources for monitoring and testing water. is a website through Dartmouth which provides information about arsenic in water, food, and other sources. 

"Unfiltered Water: The Rush To Get Off The Water Grid," from the New York Times. 

"The Juicero founder is really into raw water," from VICE News. 

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