In the United States and Canada, we assume the water we drink
from the tap is safe, but that's not always the case. Have you ever
experienced that lovely alert known as a "Boil Water Advisory"? If
so, you have experienced the inconvenience; if not, let us fill you
in so if you ever do fall victim to a boil water advisory, you can
Some of you may be wondering, what are boil water advisories?
Basically, they are a public health advisory given by the
government or health authorities to consumers when a community's
drinking water is or could be contaminated by pathogens, a.k.a.
bacteria, viruses, protozoa or parasites. Let's just say, the water
can make you sick! According to the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), contamination can be caused by a variety of
factors, including equipment failure, leaking/broken pipes in the
water system or insufficient disinfectant in the water supply. The
boil water advisory gives you information so you can take action to
protect your health.
The CDC states that boiling water can be used as a pathogen
reduction method that should kill all pathogens. Essentially,
boiling water kills harmful bacteria and parasites. To ensure water
is sterile, it needs to be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute.
Once this is done, the boiled water should be cooled and can then
be used for your water needs.
A few quick tips for those who encounter boil water
Use Tap Water for:
clothes (unless water is cloudy)
- Taking showers
(adults and older children)
Use Boiled Water for:
- Washing fruits
- Mixing baby
- Making ice
Proper well and septic system construction and maintenance is
the key to helping keep germs out of drinking water and preventing
boil water advisories. Regularly testing water and regularly
inspecting septic systems also ensures any problems are caught.
Remember, when you need your water tested, call the Culligan Man. He has the hook-up for all your water testing
For more information regarding what to do if you experience a
boil water advisory, click here.
You don't want to discover DEET, nicotine and pharmaceuticals in
your drinking water. But after a year-long study by the health department in
Granger, Ind., that's exactly what's been found. It's certainly
caused concern in the town of just more than 30,000 people, and for
According to a news story out of South Bend, scientists found traces of Bactrim - an antibiotic used to
treat bladder and ear infections and Primidone - medication used to
control seizures and depression in the community's water, not to
mention high nitrate levels.
If you're a resident of Granger, or concerned about the water in
your area, contacting your local Culligan Man is key in finding a
customized solution to your water troubles.
Culligan of South Bend is at the ready for the residents
of Granger, able to provide free in-home water tests and recommend
the best solution based on its findings. The test is a complete
analysis of your water, fixtures, plumbing and water-using
appliances. Your Culligan Man will answer your questions and
provide a detailed report and equipment estimate in about 30
minutes, scheduled at a time that's convenient for you. Reverse Osmosis Water Systems, which can be instrumental in
filtering impurities from drinking water in the whole home, are
available for purchase and rent.
For your more immediate drinking water needs, ask your Culligan
Man about bottled water delivery service, a convenient and money-saving
alternative to single-serve water bottles that brings clean water
directly to your home.
If you want a solution to your water problems, contact your local Culligan Man.
*Contaminants are not necessarily in your water.
Convoy of Hope is an organization we at Culligan International hold
near and dear to our hearts. With the recent devastation in the
Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, we continue to stand by its side,
providing bottled water to help with relief efforts.
Relief efforts in the Philippines have been underway since the
typhoon struck earlier this month. Convoy of Hope, which was
founded in 1994, has a long history as a first responder in times
of natural disasters and has been a Four Star Charity as recognized
by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.
According to Convoy of Hope, Super Typhoon Haiyan is billed as
one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall in recorded
history, being compared to a strong Category 5 hurricane. Seven
million people have been directly affected.
At Culligan, we support the good work done by Convoy of Hope to
help ensure people have access to drinking water
in the event of a disaster and year round. The water benefits not
only those displaced by the storm, but also first responders and
But it's not just water Convoy of Hope provides in a time of
need. They deliver food, medical supplies, and relief supplies
daily. That's where you come in.
Join Culligan in supporting Convoy of Hope. Your support is
Click here to make a donation to the relief
Arsenic... we've all heard of it, and IT has a reputation. As an
odorless, tasteless semi-metal element and natural component of the
earth's crust, it is widely distributed throughout the environment
(in the air, water and land) and unfortunately contaminates
groundwater. Arsenic has been appearing in the media recently, not
only because of the findings in rice products but also drinking water.
In recent years, the government has taken measures to reduce the
amount of arsenic in our drinking water. In 2006, the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) put a cap on the maximum concentration in
drinking water allowed at 10 parts per billion (ppb). However, this
does not hold true for those who have private wells.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the most
conservative estimates indicate that more than 34 million Americans
are drinking tap water supplied by systems containing levels of
arsenic that were higher than those levels recommended by the
Not sure if you have arsenic in your drinking water at home?
Contact your local Culligan Man today and let him take the steps to
ensure your water is safe. Once he analyzes your water and
identifies whether or not arsenic is present, he can provide a
recommendation on the best household water treatment solution for
you. After all, who wants to be fearful of drinking water…
something so essential to our well-being?
With one of the largest crude oil reserves in the world,
Alberta, Canada is all too familiar with the oil sands industry,
especially since the majority of their crude oil comes from the
sands. Also mixed in with those oil sands is something that
Culligan is all too familiar with… water. Wait, what are oil sands
you're asking? And what do they have to do with Culligan and water?
Let us explain.
As described by the government of Alberta, "Oil sand is a
naturally occurring mixture of sand, clay or other minerals, water
and bitumen, which is heavy and extremely viscous oil that must be
treated before it can be used by refineries to produce usable fuels
such as gasoline and diesel." Now here's the problem. That water in
the oil sand is being overused by the energy industry to the point
where it has become an issue. This is where we come in. Looking
beyond water softener and filtration systems, Culligan is digging
With a history of tackling industrial water projects (that
includes the use, reuse and proper disposal of the resource),
Culligan is developing a new focus on oil sands. The sands have
come under heavy criticism in Alberta for the way water coming from
the Athabasca (oil sands), in addition to other rivers, is
being handled. Unfortunately, the handling process leads to an
abundance of unnecessary waste. Enter Culligan.
In a recent interview with Alberta Oil Magazine, Allan Connolly,
Chief Operating Officer for Culligan discussed our plan of action
in improving the water use problem with oil sands in Alberta. "Just
like energy, just like oil, water's a finite resource," said
Connolly. "… I know it's hard to believe that Western Canada could
ever run out of water, but in certain geographies it could - or
worse, you run into a contamination problem. In the combination of
oil and water, that's a real risk, so when you start to recycle and
reuse water effectively, there's really less of a risk."
With that being said, the goal of Culligan is to reduce the energy
industry's water footprint. The oil sands industry has a strong
drive to get better utilization and recycle rates. And as Connolly
explains, "What we're (Culligan) really interested in is the
smaller to mid-sized applications. Once the projects get big enough
that the thermal technologies come into play, they do a great job.
They're recovering high percentages of water. That technology is
great on the mega scale, but not as good on the smaller scale. What
we're looking to do is provide solutions in the small- to mid-
sized units all the way down to the pilot-sized."
Water… it's one of the most vital resources in the world and we
plan on continuing to take the steps to protect and improve
Keep your eyes peeled, Chicagoans!
Two Culligan-sponsored, larger-than-life decorative fire
hydrants have joined dozens of others in a city-wide artistic
tribute to Chicago's firefighters unveiled today.
The Great Chicago
Fire Hydrants features 101 5-foot tall fiberglass fire
hydrants spread throughout the city sponsored by Culligan and
other local businesses. We're the proud sponsors of two of the
unique fiberglass hydrants.
You've got plenty of time to check them out. They'll all be on
exhibit for two months in front of Chicago Engine houses, in local
parks, in front of private businesses and at local tourist
attractions. The best part? When the public exhibition ends, the
hydrants will be auctioned in support of support of the 100 Club of
Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the
families of fallen police and firefighters.
What a great way to give back to our heroes!
The two Culligan hydrants were designed and painted by Chicago
artist Betty Sitbon. One of the ornamental hydrants will be
stationed in front of CFD Engine Company 98 at 202 E. Chicago Ave.,
while the second Culligan hydrant will stand post downtown in the
Michigan Plaza at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street.
The hydrants were unveiled at a ceremony today at Engine Company
98. The ceremony also included an official bell ringing and salute
in memory of when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on
Sept. 11, 2001.
"As a Chicagoland company and family, Culligan and its dealers
are extremely proud to be a part of The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants
exhibition and project," said Marty Armstrong, Senior Vice
President, Sales and Marketing, Culligan International. "It's
always important to remember and support those in our community
that dedicate their lives to keeping the rest of us safe."
What are you waiting for? Hit the streets and check them out!
Big news for Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks fans! The Culligan Man
is getting the proverbial courtside seat at the United Center
starting this fall.
Culligan has been named the Official Bottled Water Provider for
the United Center, the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks. So
while you're busy cheering for your favorite Chicago teams, be sure
to add "Hey Culligan Man!" to your chants.
The agreement was announced today, and covers not
only Bulls and Hawks games that begin this fall, but also the more
than 200 concerts and events that take place at the United Center
each year. You'll find Culligan bottled water at every refreshment
area inside the arena (up to 2,500 bottles per event!), so you
won't be thirsty for long. The cool part? The bottles will feature
a new label with logos from Culligan, the Bulls and the
The agreement involves parent company Culligan International Company along with nine franchise dealers in
the greater Chicagoland area, including four owned by U.S. Water
We couldn't be more excited for the partnership - a great
facility, great sports teams, great events, and the greatest fans
in the world. Now they can enjoy great water while they take in all
the action and excitement.
So, while the Bulls are slamming dunks and the Blackhawks are
slapping shots, take a swig of Culligan water and help cheer them
to victory. That's some team spirit!