The sale of Pure Island Water, Inc. was completed at the end of June. It is now under the ownership of Kirk and Paula Huffman.
The Huffmans bottle and deliver fresh drinking water in three- and five-gallon water bottle containers and offer an “In-Store Exchange” option of three-gallon bottles at a discounted price. At their store, they offer stainless steel, glass and BPA-free plastic sports bottles, water coolers and ceramic water crocks with stands (designed and constructed locally by Jerry Todd). The office is at 1286 Mount Baker Road Suite #104 and is open 1 – 4 p.m., Tues. – Friday.
The water comes from deep well water sources on Orcas and is refined through a dual filter process and UV lighting system.
Kirk and Paula are longtime island residents who met on Orcas Island in the late 1980s and married in 1990. They raised two daughters Joanie and Lynda, who both still reside on Orcas. Kirk has been employed by Island Excavating for many years and is known by locals as just “Captain.”
In 2006 Paula became involved in the water industry when she was hired by Reed Goodrich to manage Fircroft Inc., a public water utility. The next year her job was expanded to explore the possibilities of creating a small water processing and delivery business on the island. After three years, she was able to secure approved by the Department of Agriculture and Pure Island Water was officially opened.
“It was about that time that Reed was diagnosed with cancer and had to turn the entire operation of Fircroft and Pure Island Water over to me,” Paula said. “Early this year Reed decided he could no longer be involved in Fircroft and Pure Island Water at all, and negotiations for the businesses began.”
New to the business this summer is production and delivery manager is TJ.