“WHAT’S THIS AWFUL STUFF IN MY WATER?  AND HOW DO I GET RID OF IT?”  I have gotten calls like this about once a month since we posted our WIWSA website with my telephone number on it.

The frequency of these calls tells me two things: one, the “demographic” on our island is changing.  More and more folks are moving here with the expectation that their drinking water will be of the same quality as it was in City “X” somewhere on the mainland.  The other thing is that our association has to put more emphasis on explaining the need for treating the water that most of the people on Whidbey Island draw from our local aquifer.

We are going to tackle the explanation for treatment at our next Quarterly Members’ Meeting which is scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, September 30th at the Race Road Fire Station. We will have a panel of water treatment experts and, once again, we will be getting solid support from our friends at the State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water.  We will also have a local Professional Engineer with plenty of experience in designing treatment systems to address the special problems that we have with our water and a State-Certified Water System Operator with experience in procuring and installing treatment systems.  I expect that everyone who attends this meeting will leave a lot smarter about the “stuff” in their water and what they should be doing about it.

Warm regards, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting,