A New Year custom –
The first water drawn from any well, pond or stream (and by extension, I suppose, your kitchen tap) on New Year’s morning used to have special significance and was known as the Flower of the Well or Cream of the Well, and obtaining it meant good luck in the coming year.
If it was bottled and kept in the house, it was said never to lose its freshness and purity, and its very presence would protect the household from misfortune in the coming year. Worth trying ? Bottle the first water drawn from your main water source on January 1st and keep it safe.
Full article and subsequent posts (including my own midnight visit to a well back int the 1980s) here – http://holywells.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=81