Flowing Well Park

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Flowing Well Park

This 15-acre park was established in 1983, and park goers have frequented it ever since. Most visitors bring their empty water jugs to fill up at the “Old Faithful” artesian well, which was discovered back in the 1800s. Others come to enjoy the mile-long trail that wraps itself through the woods and provides numerous educational spots to learn about nature. Cool Creek winds throughout the park and is a great area to fish or take the kids creek stomping.

Visitors come from all around the state to enjoy the wonders of Flowing Well Park.

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Each month, we perform testing on the artesian well. Artesian wells are required to be tested quarterly for bacteria, but Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation goes above and beyond and tests it more frequently than we legally have to. Monthly testing occurs in partnership with the City of Carmel’s Water Department. For more information about testing, please contact the City of Carmel Water Plant #5 at 317.571.2639.

For more information about Flowing Well Park rules, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Flowing Well Test Results

Our Goal: Safety First
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all park visitors and is committed to maintaining the highest level of safety for our visitors every day. 

Q: Who manages and maintains the water at Flowing Well Park?
A: CCPR manages Flowing Well Park and works closely with Carmel Utilities and Environmental Labs for monthly water sample testing. When issues or concerns arise, CCPR engages with Carmel Utilities and if necessary Peerless Pump Co., both of which are highly trained in water chemistry, disinfection, mechanical systems, operations, healthy drinking water, and safety. 

 Q: Where does the water come from and how is it purified for drinking?
A: The water comes from an aquifer that is unconfined glacial outwash, and Flowing Well has an artesian well classification because of the free-flowing pressure. We do not purify the water for drinking.

Q: How often is testing conducted at Flowing Well Park?
A: Monthly. The IDEM standard is for quarterly testing for TC and annual test for Nitrate. Our third quarter test in July was negative for TC. However, CCPR takes monthly samples to provide a higher level of standard than is required – this allowed us to identify the positive reading on our monthly routine sample in August. We also test for E. Coli monthly which is also above the standard.  

Q: Is that water safe to drink?
A: Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation does its best to monitor the water, eliminating health hazards. However, the water is not purified. We always recommend – and there is on-site signage stating – that the water should be boiled prior to human consumption.

Q: What precautions can I take to ensure the water is safe to drink?
A:   Routine precautions include:

  • Always use a sterile container to collect the water.
  • Boil water prior to drinking it.
  • Please respect the closure signage and barricades when notifications are posted that the well is closed.
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General Park Rules

For safety and enjoyment of everyone, please follow these rules and courtesies.

    • Bag and dispose of pet waste
    • Place all litter in appropriate trash containers
    • Drive and park only on roadways and designated parking areas
    • Wildlife and vegetation should not be disturbed
    • Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, spray parks, water features or buildings
    • Adult supervision recommended for children in playgrounds and spray parks
    • Report inappropriate conduct to Carmel Police
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted on trails or park grounds
  • Fires are permitted only in permanent park-provided grills
  • Swimming, wading and ice fishing are not permitted
  • Skateboards, bicycles, and rollerblades are not permitted in shelters, buildings or on playgrounds
  • Keep all pets leashed
  • Exercise pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet
  • Avoid playing loud music that disturbs others
  • Soliciting or use of park for profit is prohibited without a permit
  • Help keep wildlife wild – Please do not feed water fowl or wild animal

The water from Flowing Well is untreated groundwater from an aquifer located below the area. Water quality may vary from day to day due to a variety of natural and other factors. While the water is tested monthly, there are inherent risks with drinking untreated water. To help prevent water contamination and the spread of disease-causing organisms, please observe these rules and courtesies.

  1. Avoid touching the water spigots with your hands, containers or other objects.
  2. Refrain from drinking water directly from the spigots.
  3. Wading, standing, or entrance inside the dispensary pit is prohibited.
  4. Pets are not permitted inside the well house.
  5. Disinfection of groundwater is recommended before consuming water.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, boiling (rolling boil for 1 minute) has very high effectiveness in killing Cryptosporidium, Giardia, bacteria, and viruses. Allow water to cool after boiling before drinking.

Report inappropriate conduct to Carmel Police: 317.571.2580
Report maintenance concerns to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation: 317.573.4044