The Springs & Water
There are numerous year-round springs that provide steady water to the animals, people and gardens at Polcum Springs. The mother spring below the common house is a place to commune with, and drink directly from the source, fill water jugs, enjoy a swim in the spring-fed pond, nibble on watercress, and contemplate the ancestors who drank from this same source.
We live off the “current water income” of this land and we’ve never had to import water or drill a well. We believe this is a responsible way to live in harmony with the land, and we live rhythmically with what the springs give each year. In abundant water years, we expand gardens, run through the sprinklers, and enjoy summer time dips in the cold plunge that is filled from overflowing spring water. In dryer years, we carefully manage water resources and rely on drylands permaculture strategies and conservation (and still enjoy dips in the ponds and fresh veggies from the garden!). We continue to increase our water storage capacity by building ponds, adding water tanks, developing new water sources, using swales to store water in the ground, and building rain-water-harvest-ready buildings.