on Whidbey Island
Not all water on Whidbey Island is the same
Whidbey water has a number of issues, and 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 minerals produce a bacteria that will coat the inside linings of the pipes; over time this residue builds up, shrinking the interior pipe diameter and restricting the water flow, and coating the inside linings of the pipes.
Everyone on the island has hard water.
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. Most wells also have iron and manganese, both of which create bacteria. Those with large amounts of iron also have sulfur, which smells. 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.