Although I'm well aware of the health-giving benefits of soaking in Mitchell's artesian water, and also in drinking it, I was surprised to discover an additional benefit -- in relation to our 13-year-old Siamese cat, Katie,.
While living at Phillip Island and drinking tank water, Katie needs regular doses of Catlax, and struggles with constipation. At Mitchell, she drinks artesian water, and miracle, miracle, no constipation at all. Everything else is the same -- her food and exercise -- only the water is different.
Mitchell water contains a unique blend of bicarbonate, sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium.
Mitchell's water is estimated to be about 2 million years old and is stored in the Great Artesian Basin, one of the world's largest underwater supplies. The basin underlies over 20% of Australia and extends beneath the arid and semi-arid parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and South Australia.
Two bores supply the township of Mitchell with water, one of which is located near the white water tower shown in the photo. The depth of each bore is about 1 km. The water comes out hot, with a slight but not unpleasant smell. Surprisingly, it makes good tea and coffee -- even without milk or sugar.