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Water Filtration Systems on Whidbey Island, WA

Although we recommend ECOsmarte® Oxygen Systems to homeowners in Freeland, WA and across Whidbey Island, we understand that budget or preference may sway you in another direction. For water with high iron and manganese content, heavy mineralization, hard water, tannin, arsenic, toxic chemicals, and sulfur, sometimes multiple systems are necessary. Dean Petrich at Whidbey Water Filters can explain the benefits and drawbacks of each, so you can make a smart decision about your potable water.

Order an ECOsmarte system soon. As of December 24, 2021, the price changes from $6495 to $7700.

Features

Unit price

Capacity

Number of tanks

Min. gallons/minute

Automatic backwash

Removes iron, manganese, dissolved minerals

Removes sulfur odor

Removes particulates

Kills bacteria

Removes chemicals

Quiet

No parts to replace

Removes pharmaceuticals

No flow restriction

Removes hardness

No air bursts

Removes tannin

Removes arsenic

Custom-designed

Free water test

Low-maintenance

Eliminates heavy iron bacteria

Chlorine

$2999

Large Capacity

6

6.5-9 gpm

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Ozone

$5000

Large Capacity

2

8+ gpm

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Chlorine Injector

Oxygen

$6495

Large Capacity

3-4

10+ gpm

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Chlorine Injector

Chlorine System

Oxygen System

Ozone System

Maintenance Requirements

Maintenance Task

Clean electrodes

Add chlorine

Replace ozone pump

Re-set timers

Re-build ozone pump

Clean posi-vent

Clean ozone cells

Re-bed media tanks

Add salt

Replace check valves

OP pressure test

Replace posi-vent

Re-bed electric drier

Rebuild valve

Replace ozone transformer

Replace ozone generator

Frequency

15 minutes once every 1-3 months

2-4 times a month

After 3 rebuilds

After power outage

Every 2-3 years

Every 2-6 months

Every 3-5 years

Every 4-6 years

Every other week

Every other year

Every six months

From 2-10 years

Once a year

Once in ten years

Within 10-20 years

Within 10-20 years

Ozone

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Oxygen

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Chlorine

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Whidbey Water Filters

Oxidation Water Filtration Systems Whidbey Island WA

How do different water filtration systems stack up against each other and against the contaminants in your potable water? Whidbey Water Filters has compiled a convenient breakdown of different systems and their water purification capabilities. We recommend Whidbey Island WA homeowners compare and contrast different options before deciding on any one system (or combined filters) to treat their potable water. Here’s what you need to know.

Four Technologies

How do different water filtration systems stack up against each other and against the contaminants in your potable water? Whidbey Water Filters has compiled a convenient breakdown of different systems and their water purification capabilities. We recommend Whidbey Island WA homeowners compare and contrast different options before deciding on any one system (or combined filters) to treat their potable water. Here’s what you need to know.

Cost Range

In order of water purification cost, compressed air is the least expensive and the least effective, while chemical injection is a mid-range price and treats most things. Ozone is 100% effective, powerful and chemical-free, but sometimes other systems must be added. Oxygen is 100% effective and all-inclusive. Although the initial cost of the oxygen system is the highest, the long-term costs are the lowest.

Best Choice: You Decide

Each system is appropriate within certain parameters. Decide for yourself which system is most applicable for your situation.

AERATION
Advantages: Air injection is inexpensive and works well with water that has low levels of contaminants. It will reduce the level of dissolved minerals, will settle out any particulates, and will off-gas the sulfur. Single tank takes up a small footprint and fits in small spaces
Disadvantages: However, it will not kill bacteria, will not remove 100% of iron or manganese, and will not soften the water. The technology relies on the fact that air contains 19% oxygen, and therefore will reduce but not remove all contaminants.

CHLORINE
Advantages: If there there is aggressive iron bacteria in the well, a chlorine system is an excellent option. It will kill all bacteria, will fully oxidize the dissolved minerals, will filter out chemicals and chlorine, the water softener will treat any hardness, and $3000 is an average price for a basic water system. Another advantage is that the flow rate requirement is only 6.5 gpm-9gpm.
Disadvantages: Six tanks require ample space Chlorine and salt must be purchased and added constantly The injection tubing will clog and must be cleaned or replaced periodically There is an on-going expense of purchasing salt and chlorine (or hydrogen peroxide, which is more expensive).

OZONE
Advantages: Chemical-free Ozone is a powerful oxidant and will quickly oxidize dissolved minerals such as iron and manganese Ozone can penetrate the cell wall of a bacteria within seconds, whereas it may take up to an hour for chlorine to penetrate it fully Unlike chlorine, ozone is not residual and is off-gassed after it has served its purpose Nothing is added to the water, but the contaminants are all removed
Disadvantages: The ozone pump makes a sound every time water is turned on. There are numerous components to the system that will clog, wear out, weaken, or need some sort of servicing. The ozone pump will wear down and will need to be rebuilt every two or three years, for about $400. As other parts fail, they also cost. Requires at least 8 gpm flow rate, if not 10 gpm.

OXYGEN
Advantages: Quiet Salt-free Chemical-free Low-maintenance Eliminates iron, manganese, sulfur, hardness, chemicals, bacteria, and even arsenic—all the problems we have here on Whidbey island. The price for extended maintenance over time is the lowest long-term price of all the systems. If additional systems are required, they will be included at lower than normal prices, or sometimes for no additional cost. The system is custom-designed based on the results from a free extensive water test of over 130 contaminants. Once installed, it is guaranteed to remove all undesirable contaminants.
Disadvantages: Initial cost is higher than other technologies Requires at least 10 gpm flow rate

My Personal Choice

Why did I choose the ECOsmarte oxygen system for my own house?

  • The chlorine system did not appeal to me for a number of reasons, primarily because I do not like using chemicals or salt. Water softeners make the water feel slimy and impossible to rinse the soap off during a shower.  The production of chlorine is destructive to the environment and is a chemical that is dangerous to produce and use.
  • Aeration systems are not fully effective. I want totally clean water, not partially clean.
  • I had an ozone system on my house for many years, but it was high maintenance and required frequent inspection. It also would not remove any calcium.
  • The ECOsmarte oxygen system does everything the ozone system did, with the addition of removing calcium and residually killing the bacteria in my pipes. The biggest benefit is that maintenance is easy and infrequent.