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Looks, Tastes and Smells Good, But Is My Water Really Ok?

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The answer is: not necessarily. It is not uncommon for people to drink tap water laced with 20 or 30 chemical contaminants. The pollutants derive from a wealth of sources, including agriculture, factory discharges, consumer products, urban runoff and wastewater treatment plants. In fact, over 300,000 groundwater sites in the U.S. are contaminated.

The simple (or perhaps complicated) truth is that there are contaminants in our water that our natural senses cannot detect. They may go unnoticed by sight or smell, however they can impair bodily functions in our eyesight, livers and kidneys and cause other serious health risks such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.

It may be years before you even realize that you are in danger of contaminated water so it is critical to have your water analyzed by your local Culligan Man.

Should you have water contaminants (see list below), you can review filtration and sanitation solutions here: http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/solution-center/. By simply clicking on the issues that have been uncovered in your water analysis, you can quickly determine which product(s) will help your water get back on a safe and clean track.

Some common waterborne contaminants include:
  • Aluminum
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Cadmium
  • Chloramine
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Iron & Sulfur Bacteria
  • Lead
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Mercury
  • Perchlorate
  • Radium
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Uranium

Sources:
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention); EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Water Conservation at Home

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With the recent occurrence of some of the more serious droughts in recent US history, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about how a potential water shortage could affect their lives. Many are seeking solutions for water conservation, both in and outside of their home or business.

It is essential for each and every one of us to rethink our daily water use. Here are some additional tips and recommendations that could save your household (and the environment) thousands of gallons of water annually:

Kitchen:
  • Only run the dishwasher when full
  • Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher
  • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute
  • Soak pots and pans instead of running water while you scrape them clean
  • Use a compost rather than the garbage disposal and save gallons each time
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables in a pan of water and re-use that water to soak the plants!

Bathroom:
  • Install low-flow shower heads – this saves 2.5 gallons!
  • Take 5-minute showers instead of 10 minute shower to save gallons…
  • Fill the bathtub up only half way
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving to save up to 10 gallons/day
  • Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month 
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month

Outdoors:
  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and save up to 25 gallons/each time you water
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street to save 15-12 gallons/each time you water
  • Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. This will save you 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft. 

Efficiency is also key to water conservation. With patented smart technology that makes water softeners up to 46% more efficient than other softeners, Culligan’s Aqua-Sensors ®can be integral to your household or business water conservation solution:

http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/high-efficiency/

Source: http://saveourh2o.org

How To Know if Your Water Needs Help

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Chances are you’re not a scientist. Thankfully you don’t have to be to determine what may be ailing the water in your home.

Of course, you can just call your Culligan Man for a free water test, and not only get an answer, but also a personalized solution. However, we understand there’s a certain satisfaction in coming to a conclusion on your own.

Before you can make a determination on whether your water is compromised, you’ll need a few scientific instruments – your senses. 

That’s right. Sight, taste, smell and touch can sometimes help you determine if there are contaminants in your water. Pretty simple! But don’t be fooled. While water contamination can sometimes be spotted easily, it’ll require the help of your Culligan Man to solve what is actually a complex problem. Luckily we come armed with treatment and filtration systems tailored to your specific needs.

First, let’s see if we can spot the problem.

  • Does your water have a red, orange, yellow, brown, or cloudy appearance? That can signal iron, rust, or other contaminants in the water mains or your home plumbing. 
  • Is there a blue or green hue to your water? Corroded plumbing could be causing copper to infiltrate your water. 
Quality water should be clear and colorless. If it is clear and colorless, can you smell the problem?
  • If the water smells or taste like rotten eggs, you may have a hydrogen sulfide situation, usually caused by a certain type of bacteria. This may also lead to salty-tasting water. 
  • Does your water smell more like a pool than a glass of drinking water? Chlorine is sometimes in water for disinfection purposes, but chances are you’d rather not be drinking it. 
  • Chemicals like mercury, lead, copper, arsenic, or iron might be in your water if it has a metallic smell or taste. The chemicals could be coming from your pipes. 
Quality water should be odorless and taste refreshing. But sometimes it’s not that simple. What makes water tricky is that even clear, colorless, odorless and fresh-tasting water may have undetected problems, which is why it’s best to have your water regularly tested. 

Thankfully, Culligan has your water experts. Find yours. There is better water ahead.

How is Hard Water Hurting Your Home?

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Ask any Culligan Man why a water softener is right for you, and he’ll explain why it’s not only right for you, but also for your home.

He is the expert, after all.

Your Culligan water dealer is intimately familiar with the type, hardness and any special characteristics of local water conditions in your community, in order to understand which water treatment solutions work best.

When it comes to protecting your home and its water-using appliances, the best defense is a water softener. The Water Quality Association (WQA) agrees. In fact, a study in 2009 confirmed it.

“Water softeners can rightfully be positioned as one of the very highest energy-saving and best ‘green’ technology appliances that a homeowner can own,” Joe Harrison, P.E., CWS-VI, technical director for the WQA, said of the study in an article by Water Quality Products Magazine.

But what did the study tell us?

Of all the appliances tested – water heaters, low-flow showerheads and faucets, dishwashers, and clothes washers – hard water much more rapidly harmed the effectiveness of the appliances.

Over a 9-month period, the efficiency of all the water heaters tested with soft water remained constant, while those tested with hard water didn’t even last until the end of the test. The pipes and valves become blocked with scale before the test period came to a close. Similar scale buildup and clogging occurred with each of the appliances tested with hard water, while the soft water counterparts remained effective and efficient.

According to the study, showerheads on soft water maintained brilliant luster and full flow throughout the study, while the showerheads on hard water lost 75 percent of the flow rate in less than 18 months.

You can see the trend. But the gist is this – soft water is going to significantly improve the usefulness and life of your appliances. There is no question.

With the results of the study, the WQA and your Culligan Man are asking you to FEEL the benefits of soft water:
  • Function: No clogged faucets
  • Efficiency: Appliances are more energy-efficient
  • Extended Life: Appliances and plumbing last longer
  • Look: Fixtures and appliances won’t tarnish or stain
If you’re ready to feel the benefits, contact your Culligan Man.

Keeping Your Active Child Hydrated

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A new school year is coming at us full swing, and with it, the fall sports season.

Football, swimming, cross country, tennis, volleyball. There are plenty of opportunities to keep our kids active this fall. But are your kids keeping hydrated enough when it’s most important?

The importance of good hydration isn’t news, but in case you need a reminder:
  • The water you drink carries nutrients to your cells, eliminates toxins and helps to remove waste from your body.
  • Water keeps metabolism in high gear.
  • Water provides the necessary energy allowing you to lead a healthy, active life.
Hydration, as you can see, is the key to health and wellness. And water is the key to hydration. Proper hydration becomes increasingly more important during exercise.

An article in Parents Magazine tells us that children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don't cool down as efficiently.

“Perhaps the best way to keep your child hydrated is to get her used to drinking liquids regularly. Offer healthy beverages at every meal and with snacks,” the article states. “And if you know a particularly busy or strenuous day is coming up in your child's schedule, add some extra hydration in her first meal of the day or even the night before. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends drinking the equivalent of a standard bottle of water (16.9 oz.) about 2 hours before vigorous exercise.”

Most likely your child’s coaches know the importance of hydration, and will keep water ready and available during sports practice, but be sure to encourage your son or daughter to drink plenty of water during the day when you’re not there for the friendly reminder. Maybe that means sending them off to school with a refillable water bottle each day or packing an extra bottle of water with their lunch. Also ensure your child’s school provides access to good, clean water.

Not only will proper hydration keep their minds focused, it’ll help them perform at their best.

Good hydration and better water start at home. Contact your Culligan Man and get ahead of the game.

Culligan Man on Campus?

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It feels as though school just released for the summer, doesn’t it? Instead, another school year is knocking on our doors.

On college campuses across the nation, roommates are being assigned and dormitories are being prepped for the onslaught of new students. Those students have books and school supplies and dorm accessories top of mind for their move to campus, but have you considered sending the Culligan Man along with your college kid?

No, the Culligan Man isn’t looking to hit up classes for the semester. Rather, he can deliver the quality drinking water you’ve come to know and trust from Culligan to keep your student hydrated and healthy this year.
Let’s take a look at some facts about hydration:

  • Drinking plenty of water each day increases oxygen levels to the brain, which improves cognitive performance. 
  • Replacing high-caloric beverages with water can help maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. 
  • When the body is hydrated, its organs function properly, which can increase energy and minimize fatigue. 
Seems like Culligan water would make a great college roommate, particularly with the busy lifestyle of today’s students. The convenience of a Culligan water cooler includes optional temperature controls for cold, room-temperature, and hot water for great-tasting water at just the touch of a button.

Track down the Culligan Man in your area, and find out the best way to make sure you’re keeping your college student hydrated and happy. They may be too busy to call home on a regular basis, but now there is no excuse for not drinking enough water.

10 Facts of {Water} Life

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Do you ever just sit and really think about water? How much do you consume? How much does the world consume? Or how much is in our bodies? In light of National Drinking Water Week occurring last week, let’s talk water with these facts according to the Environmental Protection Agency:
  1. We Have the Same Amount of Water on Earth Now as there was when Earth was Formed
    So basically, the water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank!
  2. Only 3% of the Earth’s Water is Fresh Water
    The remaining 97% is salt water. The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up only 0.3% of the world’s fresh water. 
  3. Over 68% of Fresh Water on Earth is Trapped in Glaciers
    That’s a large percentage of our fresh water, considering only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh
  4. Water Regulates the Earth’s Temperature
    It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.
  5. The Human Brain is 75% Water
    The same holds true for a living tree!
  6. A Person Can Only Live About a Week Without Water
    They can live about a month without food.
  7. Water is Part of a Deeply Interconnected System
    What we pour on the ground ends up in our water, and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.
  8. The Average Total Home Water Use for Each Person in the U.S. is about 50 Gallons a Day
    Just think of that gallon of milk in your refrigerator and times that by 50. 
  9. The Average Cost for Water Supplied to a Home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 Gallons
    This is equal to about a penny for 5 gallons.
  10. More than 25% of Bottled Water Comes from a Municipal Water Supply
    The same place that tap water comes from. Culligan’s bottled water is not just tap water; it’s filtered through a reverse osmosis system.
Are you surprised? Intrigued? Amazed? Whatever your reaction, it truly is interesting to see how important water really is to the world. So, the next time you pour yourself a glass of water, think about how you are supplying your brain with 75% of what it needs to function properly! Then, keep drinking.
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