The Best Water For Home Use

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Follow These Principles to Find Health-Giving Water

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what water people should be drinking. My first comment is that the question should include not only what water one should drink, but also what water is best to bathe in, wash vegetables with and even water your garden with. My goal for this short blog is not to get into water theory or to give voluminous references as to how I arrived at my conclusions. Instead, my intention is to simply lay out the principles I use to guide my decision-making and then to describe the current strategy I use.

The principles I use for deciding on which water to use come from both common sense and from the work of Viktor Schauberger, who I still believe knew more about healthy water than anyone else. Here are these principles:

  • The water we use should contain no toxins of any sort. I could give a long list of such toxins, but they include the various forms of chlorine, fluoride, pharmaceutical drugs, arsenic, microplastics, etc.  
  • The water needs to be in motion, preferably in its natural vortex patterns. 
  • The water should contain as many of the minerals found naturally in the earth and sea as possible. 
  • Finally, the water should be “structured,” a term that goes by many other names, such as hexagonal water, pi water and EZ water. Only when these four conditions are met can one say the water is truly health giving.  


The next and possibly most surprising principle, but one adamantly insisted on by Schauberger, is that natural water MUST emerge through its own activity from the earth. This means he considered water only from springs or in cold mountain streams to be fit for human consumption — never water from a well.  Schauberger used the somewhat vague term “mature” to describe spring and mountain stream water as opposed to “immature” water coming from a well. I provisionally interpret this to mean that water that is not ready to emerge from the earth is not yet properly mineralized or structured for optimal human use.  

According to these principles, then, the very best water for all uses is pure spring water that emerges by itself (no pumps) from the earth. Most rural places in the world do have such springs; often, they are considered sacred sites and are protected by locals. We have access to such a spring and use it as one of our primary sources of drinking water. The only caveat I would mention is that, unfortunately, these days, it is prudent to have the water tested for contaminants, as many local springs have been tainted by chemicals or other toxic exposures.  

Absent access to a tested and clean natural spring, all other water should be purified, re-mineralized, put through a crystal vortex and then “structured.” Without meaning any offense to the many people who are working on and providing such water-purification systems, the one that I use in our home, which is on town water, is the Ophora system. Ophora cleans the water of all testable impurities, including microplastics and pharmaceutical drugs. Then, the water is re-mineralized, passed continuously over a rose quartz vortex and delivered to the water dispenser. Their bottled drinking water also is hyper-oxygenated. This system allows one unlimited access to clean water for all home uses at a reasonable cost. I use their bio-quantum dispenser in the kitchen and their bio-shower unit for showering and bathing.

For the garden water, I will use a simple house carbon-based filter, and then attach one of our showerheads at the point of use. This will provide mostly toxin-free, structured water for our animals and garden plants.

Recently, I have added a final step to this process based on the work of Dolf Zantinge and his company. They came up with a water wand that, when stirred in any water for 10-15 seconds, helps to create a long-lasting coherence to the water. I now use this as the final step in all water we drink at home.  

I understand that for many people, the systems I am describing will be out of reach financially.  My suggestion then is to find the best local spring and use this water for all consumption. This approach, coupled with an Ophora bio-shower unit to purify your shower and bath water, is a good option. For those without access to this option, I would suggest using Mountain Valley Spring water for drinking. Please make sure this is delivered only in glass bottles. 

Finally, if none of these options is possible, I would get a simple carbon filter for your whole house (I am investigating options for this and will report back), and use the water wand for drinking and the Ophora bio-shower for showering and bathing. We are working on a way to give people access to the Analemma water wand; hopefully, this will happen soon. [update: we now carry this wand. A link has been added.]

I hope this gives everyone a basic outline to work from as we all go about choosing the best water for ourselves and our families.

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