Every location on Whidbey Island is unique. Getting your water tested is the first step in determining which kind of water treatment system is best for you.
HOW TO TAKE A WATER SAMPLE:
1. Take the sample as close to the source as possible.
2. Clean the faucet, and let the water run a few minutes to flush out any dirt.
3. Fill a clean container.
4. Label the sample with the date, the source, and your contact information.
We offer 100% FREE consultations. Get in touch today to figure out the best way to get your water tested.
To treat and decontaminate your water effectively, it is necessary to understand what your water contains. A thorough water test enables the ability to customized a system that is not over-designed or under-designed. Most water companies usually test for the standard 8-12 contaminants. With the purchase of an ECOsmarte® system, you receive a free comprehensive test of over 130 contaminants; using this information, ECOsmarte will custom-design a system that will eliminate the specific contaminants in your particular situation.
You can send your samples directly to Edge Analytical, or deliver your samples to: Jim's Hardware in Clinton, B&W Pumps in Freeland, the Department of Health in Coupeville, or Island Water in Oak Harbor.
If you opt to install the ECOsmarte® oxygen system, a free next-day-air water test kit is provided, analyzing over 130 contaminants. Results will arrive within 3-4 weeks. Based on these results, you will receive a customized water system.
Not all water on Whidbey Island is the same. A few neighborhoods have wonderfully clear water, but most don’t.
Because the island is made of alluvial soil from the glaciers, there are a lot of minerals in the water, which stain household fixtures and make the water hard. Most wells also have iron and manganese, both of which create bacteria, and these minerals produce a bacteria that will coat the inside linings of the pipes. Iron creates an iron bacteria that leaves a brown slime inside the pipes. Over time this residue builds up, shrinking the interior pipe diameter and restricting the water flow. When this bacteria dies, it creates sulfur, which in turn creates sulfur bacteria. When sulfur bacteria dies and decays, it puts off a smelly gas like rotten eggs. Because bacteria also grows in hot water tanks, these tanks should be drained every six months. What we notice is horrible, stinky, thick, brown, bad-tasting water that stains all the house water fixtures.
Everyone on the island has hard water. Areas in the trees often have tannin, which makes the water yellow. Farm land areas with livestock can produce nitrates. There are several areas that even contain arsenic. It is well known that the water around the military base is heavily polluted with toxins. Iron bacteria grows in some wells, particularly from Keystone to West Beach; it actually eats iron, and is aggravated when it is oxidized. We might notice one or two obvious pollutants, but the only way to know what is in the water is to have it tested.
Water in Our Area
Every location on Whidbey Island is unique. From the Maxwelton Valley to Oak Harbor Naval Air Base, Freeland to Clinton, the water around Whidbey Island contains a variety of unwelcome contaminants. Here are some of the major culprits that have been detected through water quality tests:
Iron, manganese and hardness prevalent on Whidbey Island
Toxins and chemicals from around the Oak Harbor Naval Air Base
Tannin found in the Maxwelton Valley
Arsenic around Saratoga
Nitrates in Coupeville
Calcium in Clinton, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank, Coupeville and Oak Harbor
Sulfur on waterfront property
Where To Get Your Water Tested
Getting your water tested is the first step in determining which kind of water treatment system is best for you. Below are different ways to get your water tested—some free, others available for a small fee:
Edge Laboratories Mail or deliver your own sample in person: Edge Laboratories Water Test
Essential Water Services: Shelly Ess will visit your site and take your sample for you, for a fee (360-929-1116)
Drop-Off Sites: Edge picks up drop-off samples every Tuesday and Thursday at these sites:
B&W Pumps (360) 331-4016 (18181 SR 525, Freeland) 1:00 pick-up
Island County Department of Health (Coupeville) 1:15 pick-up; request the Island County Bacterial Water Test
Island H2O(360) 675-4462 (70 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor) 1:30 pick-up
If you choose to install an industry-leading ECOsmarte® system, you’ll get the benefit of a free next-day-air water test kit. This kit is useful for analyzing over 130 contaminants. Once you provide a water sample, it’ll be tested to understand the exact composition of your water and from these results, you’ll receive a customized filtration system. Contact us today to learn more about how this water testing process works.
Call About Getting Your Water Tested
If you’re looking for water quality tests on Whidbey Island, WA, or anywhere else on Whidbey Island, get in touch with us today to figure out the best way to get your water tested. Call now at (206) 324-5055 to learn more about how you can start improving the water quality in your home.