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Water Boil Alerts: What You Need to Know

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When the word comes out that your area has been affected by a boil order, it's time to take stock of affected water and manage its reach in your home. Any place in your home that uses water is affected, from the kitchen to the laundry room. Start by following these guidelines to avoid contact with contaminated water.

Stay Safe from Contaminated Water 

  • Don't drink the water, prepare food, brush your teeth, or use any materials that have been in contact with water.
  • Throw out ice cubes, coffee, tea, and any stored beverages made or used with your home's water.
  • Turn off water or block access to refrigerator water dispensers and faucets to provide a visual reminder and help curb normal habits.
  • Boil water for a minimum of three minutes and use that water to clean containers to store sanitized water.
  • Use boiled water to clean any dishes and utensils you plan on using.
  • Wash hands and prepare food with boiled water.
  • Do not use your dishwasher.
  • Have young children take sponge baths to prevent any swallowing.

Culligan Man Tip:Place bottled water or pre-boiled water containers in bathroom sinks as a visual reminder to brush and wash hands with clean water.

Hydration Tip:A pinch of salt can help improve the taste of "flat" boiled water for drinking.

After the Boil Order is Lifted

Keeping you and your family safe and healthy during a boil order extends beyond the duration of the order. To make sure your home is prepared to integrate safe, uncontaminated water back into your routine, ensure any remnants of contamination are addressed before you go back to business as usual.

  • Run the dishwasher through an empty bleach cycle.
  • Flush water lines.
  • Boil faucet screens.
  • Purge and sanitize water-using appliances, including the refrigerator water line, icemaker, coffeemaker, and tea kettle.
  • Change your refrigerator's water filter.

Optional but recommended:Run a bleach cycle through your washing machine.

You'll also want to make sure you sanitize any water filtration or water softening systems after a boil order has been in effect. Contact your Culligan Man to help you navigate this process, and ask any more questions you may have about bringing your home back from the boil order.

Explore Your Province's Common Problem Water Issues and Solutions

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The single best way to know what's in your water is to be your own best resource. We want to help you do just that by providing tools and information to help you make smart choices about your water. There are a lot of things you can do to find out if you have problem water, the causes behind it, and what options you have for addressing it.

Diagnose Problem Water

The signs that point to problems in your water are often the most obvious, but key factors to be aware of are:

  • Appearance: Water is cloudy or discolored. Common in many provinces and municipalities, you can explore water problems by province to see if the water where you live is predisposed to run less than clear.
  • Odor: Water has a sulfurous, chlorinated, or other suspicious smell. Almost every water treatment plant in the country uses some amount of chlorine to treat water, so you can use our province guide to get a handle on whether your region has particularly low or high levels in the water supply.
  • Taste: Water can take on a variety of tastes for a number of reasons, the most common across the country being bitter or salty. Like the range of water itself, total dissolved solids and minerals responsible for unwelcome tastes depend largely on the geography and landscape of your particular area.
  • Side Effects: Often, the signal pointing to a water problem can be what's left behind: film, soap scum, limescale, and/or corrosion on pipes, fixtures, and appliances. Read more about the problemwater in your city.


Do you need to address a water problem? This can be a matter of personal preference, especially if symptoms are severe or are causing real aggravation in the home. Consider these factors to help determine whether it may be time to call in a Culligan Man:

  •   Are symptoms getting worse?
  •   What is typical for water in my region? Learn more.
  •   Are common household fixes able to mitigate any effects? Learn more about easy ways to solve for problem water.


If water problems are getting worse, or you've determined your home's water is atypical for the area and it's beyond simple fixes like cleaning with vinegar, you can always call your local Culligan Man for a complimentary water test. He or she will be able to help you determine if a whole-house water filter or a water conditioner is right to fix appearance, taste, and odor issues in your water.

Even if water is typical for your area, or some solutions are helping, water problems can be a headache you don't have to deal with. Your Culligan Man is the perfect resource to help you determine what kind of solution is right for your water.

Looking For a Simple New Year’s Resolution? Here are 12 Reasons to Drink More Water in 2015 (courtesy of our friends at

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Water It Down

Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S....after soft drinks. This is a scary statistic, since sugary soda is a big health hazard, increasing the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water instead, which doesn't have any negative side effects. So, this new year, put the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless. (Just take a read!)

  • Fluid balance. Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body's fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
  • Calorie control. Forget other diet tricks-drinking water could also help with weight loss, according to WebMD ( , Numerous studies have found a connection between water consumption and losing a few pounds.  The secret reason? Water simply helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories.
  • Muscle fuel. Sweating at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the muscles don't have enough water, they get tired. So for extra energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of squats.
  • Clearer skin. Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores. Water can help flush out toxins and decrease occurrence of acne.
  • Kidney function. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don't need in the body. Let's drink to that!
  • Productivity boost. In order to really focus, a glass of water could help people concentrate and stay refreshed and alert.
  • Fatigue buster. Move over coffee-water can help fight those tired eyes.  One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big gulp! (Not the 7 Eleven kind.)
  • Hangover help. If alcohol has got the best of you, help a hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop that pounding headache.
  • Pain prevention. A little water can really go a long way. Aching joints and muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is dehydrated.
  • Keep things flowing. Nobody wants to deal with digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, ahem, move smoothly.
  • Sickness fighter. Water may help with decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when feeling under the weather.
  • Brain boost. A study in London found a link between students bringing water into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes clearer thinking. While it's unclear if drinking the water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn't hurt to try it out! 

So, What is Your Action Plan? 

The amount of water people need per day is up for debate, but studies suggest adults need nine to 16 cups of H2O. This number, however, varies depending on activity level, age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or water-rich veggies and fruit.

Here's how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any big meal. (This will help control appetite, too.) Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on hand at all times. And spice up those taste buds with a squeeze of citrus to the glass! Before you know it, all the benefits of water will be right at your fingertips…. and in your body.

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