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Out in the woods of Perry County, Jim Bruner flips the switch on a stainless-steel pump.

Up flows mineral water, about 52 degrees Fahrenheit, drawn from a mile below.

"So it's natural," he says. "Natural artesian water, with natural alkalinity. It has a pH of about 8.3. The mineral content is in trace amounts. And that makes it a very unique water."

Bruner pumps, treats and bottles it here, in a humble metal shed tucked away amid the loblolly pines of an old tree farm.


A scientist who happens to be a world-class distance swimmer has traveled the length of the Tennessee River — all 652 miles of it, through multiple states.

Cumberland River
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A coalition of Tennessee groups has secured the backing of high-profile Republican lawmakers on a $35 million proposal to protect water quality, farmland and Civil War sites.

Nashville reservoir flood 1912 photo

There’s something about past mayhem that intrigues people. Hence, this question submitted to Curious Nashville: 

What is the history of the Nashville reservoir flood, and what is the reservoir’s use today?

The reservoir in question is the 8th Avenue Reservoir.

Nashville brick sewer tunnel
Metro Water Services

Many of Nashville’s tunnel rumors were tough to confirm as anything more than legend. But there are a few things underground that probably should inspire more awe: the city sewers.

Park and Float Tennessee rivers

Tennessee has been trying to help kayakers and canoe enthusiasts find more places to put in to the state’s rivers. But some paddlers say the state hasn’t kept up with demand and may even be going backward.

Lily William / WPLN

There's an effort underway to demolish old dams in order to allow creeks and streams to flow more freely. Tuesday morning a team led by *Cumberland River Compact took down a four-foot tall barrier of stone and mortar that stretched across Seven Mile Creek near Brentwood.

Metro Nashville Airport Authority

No one paid much attention to the 400-foot-deep pit at the edge of the Nashville International Airport complex.

Not until the 2010 flood, says Christine Vitt, the airport's head of strategic planning and sustainability. That's when the abandoned limestone quarry overflowed for the first time ever.

"And we had the energy consultant there, who said, 'Well hey, maybe there's a win-win here,'" Vitt recalled.

Five years later, that thought has led to a plan airport officials hope will save as much as $400,000 a year.