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Excelsior Springs Mineral Water Soda Well #1 photoThe Friends of the Wells have initiated a Soda Well and/or Lithia Well Restoration Project. The first step is water quality testing and inspection of the Soda Well No. 1 and Lithia Well No. 1. The soda well is located behind the Hall of Waters on the northeast corner. The lithia well is located next to Willow Spring Mercantile on East Broadway, the proposed site of Lithia Landing, a new outdoor gathering space for downtown. The inspection/investigation will help to determine the viability of the wells to be returned to use.

The primary purpose is to find an existing mineral water well that can be returned to use in drinking and, perhaps, spa bathing, at the Hall of Waters.  This will fill a gap that the community has in not meeting expectations of many visitors who are seeking to taste the mineral waters. It would also serve to fill a gap identified in the 2010 strategic plan that proposes an additional one or two destination activities be developed inside the city for serving the tourism population.

If the committee is able to find a mineral water deemed potable (safe to drink), the entire city stands to benefit through increased economy, heritage tourism, and community pride. The Friends of the Wells believe that the greatest, positive impact to restoration of the Hall of Waters would be to have at least one of our waters available at the water bar. It is also an important step in promoting tourism, an industry supporting our hotel and downtown businesses. It would provide new opportunities for our local breweries, further business development for retail and event venues throughout the community, and provide job creation. It will instill new pride in our heritage and provide authenticity to our origin story.

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