History of Cascadian Water

Cascadian water softeners and filters are manufactured by O3 Water Systems. Based in Cle Elum, WA., O3 Water Systems is a privately-owned and operated company that designs and manufactures water treatment systems. Most importantly, O3 Water Systems is focused on making people happy by solving their water quality problems with simple and effective products. Our customers can spend their time and money on what makes them happy instead of dealing with poor water quality and conventional treatment systems. Markets served include residential, small business and commercial segments. Established in 1994, the company develops and manufactures original water treatment solutions under the names Cascadian®, Integrated Cartridge Solutions™, PolyHalt®, Ion Bond™, and Next Generation Water Treatment™.

In 2019 Cascadian water expanded into the Southwest by opening an office and warehouse in Phoenix, AZ. Click here to learn more about the move into the Southwest.

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One of the more unique facts about O3 Water Systems is that it’s product line include both modern cartridge based treatment and the more familiar or conventional automatic systems. Having multiple product lines or types of treatment to solve problems is really unique and being able to use either to solve water quality problems is a win for customers.

Its line of ICS (Integrated Cartridge Solutions) is a modern approach to water treatment and is designed to treat up to 300 GPM, is smaller than automatic solutions, does not require power, drain or salt and does not generate wastewater so it’s eco-friendly. ICS units provide an eco-friendly and much simpler to maintain alternative to traditional salt-based water treatment.

Cascadian’s fully-automatic products include OxiTRAP®, SuperTRAP®, SuperTRAP®-UF, ArsenicTRAP™, FluorideTRAP™, OrganicTRAP™ and Pinnacle™. Four recently-introduced new cartridge-based water treatment solutions for problematic contaminants in residential drinking water: hydrogen sulfide, arsenic, bacteria, iron bacteria.

This web site is dedicated to the ICS line of products. Cascadian Water also builds conventional fully-automatic water treatment systems such as salt softeners and iron filters. For information on the conventional systems please contact us.

Gabe Ergler

Founder and CEO

Gabe Ergler is a problem solver at heart. And he solves real problems. Water problems. He first experienced the impact that clean water solutions can have on peoples’ lives when he began installing treatment systems over 25 years ago.

Since that time, he has worked as an installer, distributor, manufacturer, trainer, educator and, finally, as a consultant, visionary and product developer at the forefront of industry change. An advocate and an innovator, he has always believed the water treatment industry is open for change. Most recently, he is personally committed to being part of that change by designing creative and specialized treatment solutions.

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Gabe has experienced the industry from every possible angle. In addition to a Business Administration degree, Gabe is also trained or certified as a Water Specialist, Water Works Operator, Water Distribution Manager and Backflow Assembly Installer and Tester. Consulted as an expert, his career has also included advisory work for industrial customers in the winery, brewing, fruit processing, food processing, paper, dairy farming, marine animal, environmental and cosmetics sectors to help solve unique water treatment challenges.


Frequently tapped as a speaker or trainer

Gabe loves to share his passion for water treatment. He has presented to several organizations including the National Ground Water Association, Oregon Ground Water Association, Washington Ground Water Association and Mountain States Ground Water Association. Every chance he gets Gabe presents and teaches to a wide variety of water system management companies, wholesale distributors at the regional, national and international level.

About Cascadian Water - Photo of Gabe Ergler

The Cascadian Brand and Products

As he continued to develop his industry expertise, Gabe also began developing his own products by combining the his experience and the best components available and when nothing is available he manufactures it. A personal drive to make sure every customers’ water problem can be solved has led him to develop a line of specialized, proprietary products under the Cascadian® brand. The ever-evolving assortment of Cascadian Water products meet many different residential, commercial and industrial customer needs.

First, he created an improved version of the traditional systems that use tanks, media, control values and often require salt to regenerate. Unlike traditional water treatment solutions, however, Cascadian® fully-automatic products are very specialized. They are designed to do only one or two things and do them very well. This “riffle” approach to treatment greatly improves the success rate and leads to happy customers. Cascadian’s fully-automatic products include OxiTRAP®, SuperTRAP®, SuperTRAP®-UF, ArsenicTRAP™, FluorideTRAP™, OrganicTRAP™ and Pinnacle™.

Most recently Gabe and his team have developed an entirely new way to treat water that is simple, efficient, effective and environmentally-friendly. The ICS (Integrated Cartridge Solutions) line of products from Cascadian® produce high quality water without salt, harsh chemicals, waste water or power. ICS treatment systems are available in a small package requiring simple annual maintenance. Gabe continues to further specialize the ICS products, recently introducing a new cartridge-based water treatment solutions for problematic hydrogen sulfide, aka rotten egg odor, in residential drinking water.

Since 2011 PolyHalt, a no salt water softener for hard water treatment is now a cornerstone of the ICS product line. PolyHalt salt free softeners use ion bond technology to soften water. PolyHalt bonds to hardness minerals changing the way they behave. Once PolyHalt bonds to the hardness minerals they no longer behave hard.

As the water treatment industry continues to grow and change, Gabe will continue to ensure that every last customer can find a clear path to clean water.

About Cascadian Water - Photo of Gabe Ergler

Mike Brawley

Warehouse Lead

Mr. Mike came on board in 2019 and is the lead in our warehouse. Mike is responsible for some of the most important work to make sure you get the right product, on-time and in good condition. His areas of responsibility include shipping and receiving, manufacturing and communicating with rest of our team.

The overall favorite part of his job is “shipping for survival”. In the face of the sometimes brutal shipping journey products take to customers Mike takes pride in packaging so products end up at the customer in the same condition as they left the warehouse. Mike especially likes shipping pallets of product because of the Tetris like challenge of assembling all the product on a pallet so that it survives it’s journey anywhere across the country.

Mike comes to our team with a variety of past work experience that includes broadcast journalism, working with local radio celebrities, working for a moving company, warehouse management, chef at local high end winery and building large scale air registers and diffusers.

Interesting notes: Mike has an 18 year old daughter and lives in Cle Elum. His hobbies include alpine running in the surrounding Cascade mountains. He is a connoisseur of fine doughnuts and IPA style beer.

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