Interesting the difference voice can make, and thank you for exploring it further. Yes, I think this makes the anthropomorphism slightly less distracting for me.

I love your descriptions of water as purring, as pelt, as another wild creature with all the attendant implications. That feels to me like plausible bobcat thinking.

While pure, distilled water does not seem to carry scent, many wild waters I encounter carry or create a faint scent from their contact with soil and plants. Perhaps it’s more obvious here in dry country.