POTOMAC, Ill. (WCIA) — 24-hours, 7-days a week, 365-days a year and 52-degrees year-round and they have yet to run dry. Our Town is home to artesian wells.

There were more than 200 at one time. Half are still in working order. It’s not something you see often nowadays, but it’s part of Potomac’s history.

The government was going to shut them down, but the American Legion stepped in to help. The issue was private versus public property.

Two wells at Millie Curtis Park were in question and the legion wanted to preserve the town’s heritage by keeping them flowing.

“Anybody you meet in Champaign or Danville, ‘Oh, you’re from Potomac? How’s the wells doing? Are the wells still flowing?'”

The answer is yes. More than half haven’t stopped since they were put in. Just ask Harold Hoskins; he’s an artesian and proud of it.

“This is the way us old folks do it, okay?”

The wells connect to the Mahomet Aquifer.

“You drive a pipe down until you hit that aquifer and the water starts flowing.”

One of the many is at Millie Curtis Park. The American Legion stepped in to save it from being turned off.

“They were going to close them down, the state was, because they were on public property, so we done some calling. We done some finagling and so forth and found out, if it was on private property, they didn’t have to be plugged.”

He says they represent the town in a big way.

“We’re proud of our wells. In fact, our high school team is called the Artesian Wells.”

Just ask an outsider.

“My father-in-law, Kenny Piatt, came here from California. He took a big swig of that after Marilyn talked him into it and he came up and said that is earthy and I think that’s the best description of the artesian wells I’ve ever heard.”

Ice cold, with a hint of iron. You can’t get any fresher than right from the wells in Our Town Potomac.

“Drip, drip, drip. Honest opinion, wet on the nose. It tastes good. It’s very fresh. It’s like hose water.”

Wet and very refreshing.