Things That Make Me Happy: Water Crock

Tuesday Mar 30, 2010

Water Crock on Stand

Above is a picture of our gently used but new to us water crock.  Michelle and I bought the crock and stand off craigslist a month or so ago and are super excited about it.  The glass water jug is a carboy from a local homebrewing store.  I’m really happy with this purchase.  We’ve been getting spring water from the Fredrick Miller spring in Eden Prairie to use as our drinking water, but this kicks it up a notch.  We were using gallon sized plastic water jugs that we kept in our fridge, but the water crock is significantly better in a couple ways.  First off, it’s a 5 gallon jug, which is bigger than we were using before, so we’re not making as many trips back and forth.  It’s not in the fridge anymore, so we’ve gained some of our fridge space back (before the gallon jugs we used Brita or Pur pitcher style filters).  While it could be placebo, I find the water to taste better.  The spring water tastes significantly better than tap water, and we found the water in the plastic jugs had a mild plastic taste after we switched mostly to glass.

The biggest advantage, obviously, is the health improvements to be gained.  The quality of the spring water is far beyond that of the tap water.  We’re not ingesting the fluoride found in Minneapolis, which is huge.  Given that it comes from a spring, there’s a lower chance of ingesting pesticides, prescription drugs, etc. which are in surface water.  A couple of weeks ago when all the water smelled like fish, ours still tasted fine.  We also aren’t ingesting any plastic from our drinking water which we would be if we were drinking bottled water or water from the plastic pitchers.  Even though you can get BPA free plastic jugs, I still feel more comfortable with glass.

We do have a couple improvements to make though.  The spigot is still plastic and the bungs are some sort of rubber or plastic.  Ideally, we’d like to switch them out with non-plastic alternatives, but for now we are really happy with the reduction in plastic in our drinking water.



Not only is it functional, it is oh-so-stylish. Good purchase!

April 9th, 2010 | 12:02 am

Hi Nathan, I like your H2O setup. However, if it was refrigerated, I would like it more. Although I understand your desire to avoid treated water, are you at all concerned with undesirables growing in your water or internal container surfaces? If the water was refrigerated or chlorinated, this risk would be less prominent. It seems, the amount of time it takes to empty your large container (at room temperature?) may promote unsafe life forms.
Take care, Mike (Water Quality student)

April 16th, 2010 | 8:33 am
Nathan Maus:

Hi Mike, Thanks for the compliment. As of right now, I’m not too terribly concerned about bad guys in the water. It takes the two of us about a week and a half to empty the 5 gallon jug. If it starts taking too long to drink the water, like if we’re on vacation for a long weekend, we’ll start giving it to Reese, our boxer, to speed the process up. The water is tested on some interval for organisms by the city. I feel like if stuff were to grow in there, it would be aerobic and harmless rather than anaerobic and toxic. That might be wishful thinking. I’m more concerned about things like mold growing on the inside of the water crock. We will definitely be washing that out occasionally. My personal opinion is that I’m more worried about fluoride, plastics and pharmaceuticals in my water than life forms. My body seems pretty sturdy and I feel better equipped to take on a natural opponent than a bunch man-made chemicals.

Have a great day,

April 16th, 2010 | 8:00 pm

Hi Nathan, I used inadequate information about your H2O source. Thus, I may have made hasty assumptions about the water quality. (I live in Wisconsin)
I think I found your H2O source here:
Thanks for the reply.
Good day and happy hydration, Mike

April 19th, 2010 | 3:11 pm

I live in Hudson, WI and would love to know how to get to the spring you mentioned. Do you have directions?

June 1st, 2011 | 7:07 pm
Nathan Maus:

Check out to see some of the springs in our area.

This is the one I go to in particular.

June 2nd, 2011 | 6:44 am
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