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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.

Building Homes While Staying Hydrated

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Families throughout Chicago are in need of affordable housing and lack access to conventional financing. Habitat for Humanity helped change the lives of 13 of these families in the Chicagoland area recently, and Culligan is proud to have played a role.

From May 29 – June 1, Habitat for Humanity hosted the Raise Your Hand Chicagoland event to help construct the exterior of one home and wall frames for 12 other homes to be delivered to various Chicago area families in need. For the hundreds of volunteers who took part in this transforming event, Culligan ensured they stayed hydrated as the official water sponsor. In just four short days, volunteers achieved their goal, and left 13 families feeling more at ease with their living situation.

Raise Your Hand

Culligan is always happy to give a helping hand to those in need, and keep them hydrated while doing it!

Water Fit

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Drink more water! Eat less fat! Exercise more! While we hear more and more talk in the media about becoming healthier humans, one idea that always makes the list is the benefits of drinking more water. And with summer upon us, getting fit is at the top of the list for many. So, what’s the correlation between being fit and drinking water?

I’m Not Hungry
Say you are at a restaurant waiting for your meal to be served. Generally, you receive a glass of water and whatever other beverage you may order. Ever notice how when the meal takes longer than usual to arrive you find yourself drinking the whole glass of water, then when the meal finally arrives, you feel less hungry? That’s because water suppresses your appetite! That’s right, drinking a glass of water before meals will help you eat less, as THIRST is often mistaken for HUNGER. Go figure! Side note: if you up your intake of water in general, you will find yourself consuming fewer calories over time! Keep this in mind the next time you are bored and want to grab something to eat. Put down the cookies and pour yourself an ice cold glass of water!

Flat Tummy Club
The three “P’s” of salty food… potato chips, popcorn and peanuts taste great but can leave your body feeling not so great. Salty foods can make the body bloat and retain water, causing many to shy away from drinking more water for fear of further bloating. This is actually not true! Staying hydrated and filling up on water actually helps keep belly bloat away and stops fingers from swelling. Put down the popcorn and pick up a water bottle the next time you are at the movie theater!

Quick Metabolism
Drinking water before, during, and after you exercise is essential to keep your muscles working properly and prevent dehydration, but did you know drinking more water even when you are not exercising helps you burn more calories? Increasing your daily intake to eight to 12 glasses could help you burn more fat than if you drank three to four glasses. Put down the weights and hit up the water cooler!

Get water fit, and reap the benefits!

Summertime Hydration

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School’s out for summer! With warm summer days and cool summer nights on the horizon, kids are out playing sports, attending summer camps and enjoying the sun. With all that sunshine and activity though, comes the risk of dehydration.

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. Children are much more prone to dehydration (especially in the summer) because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently as adults. The symptoms of dehydration include headache, fatigue, decreased urine output, dizziness, nausea and dark yellow urine.

Preventing dehydration is easy and important, as severe dehydration can lead to death. Some tips and tricks to keep in mind for your kids: 

  • Drink early, before they are thirsty
  • Five ounces of water (for an 88-pound child) f¬or every 20 minutes of activity; drink more if it’s especially hot or humid
  • Avoid ice cold beverages, as its more difficult to drink greater quantities
  • Water is best, as many other beverages have added sugar and calories 
  • Fruits, vegetables and low-sugar popsicles can assist in providing necessary water intake
  • Avoid caffeine, including soda and iced tea

Summer is the time for kids to enjoy time off from school and have some fun. Don’t let dehydration get in the way! Keep providing your children with the necessary amount of water to keep them safe, happy and healthy.


Five Ways to Stop Wasting Water on Laundry

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Millions of people around the world do laundry each day. The average American family alone does 8-10 loads of laundry each week, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). A single load of laundry, from wash to dry, takes an average of one hour and twenty seven minutes to complete. That’s a lot of water and energy! In the spirit of saving, here are some tips to lighten that hefty burden that comes with all those loads of laundry:

  1. Wash Big Loads
    Don’t let that small pile of dirty towels make you feel overwhelmed. Wait until the pile is big enough to wash a large load in the washing machine. 
  2. Reuse Shower Towel
    Think about it… you use that towel to dry your clean body. Why not let it air dry and reuse a few more times?
  3. Wear Clothes Twice
    Do you really need to wash that pair of jeans you wore for one hour to go grocery shopping? Unless you spilled your coffee on them or jumped in a puddle, wear them again before washing!
  4. Darks in Cold
    Wash dark clothes in cold water and you will save water and energy, not to mention help retain the color of your clothes!
  5. Match Water to Load
    If you are doing a medium-sized load of laundry, then only use a medium-sized amount of water. Extra water is not necessary.

We all love clean, fluffy, fresh smelling clothing, sheets and towels, but who doesn’t like to save the environment (and money)! Next time you are ready to wash those dirty socks, think about how much water can be saved by throwing in some jeans and t-shirts with them!

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Water Softener?

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Old. Outdated. Inefficient. Costly.

None of those sound appealing, do they? We didn’t think so. When is the last time you checked to make sure your water softener didn’t fall under any of those categories? Now is as good a time as any.

For starters, a water softener should be inspected once a year to assure it’s running properly and efficiently. If it is, you’re going to reap the benefits, the largest of which is soft water. But along with that soft water comes lower water and electric bills, easier cleaning, softer skin, hair and laundry, better-tasting water, and sparkling dishes.

But if your softener is old and inefficient, it’s time to think about an upgrade. The modern technology found in a high efficiency water softener is going to make an even bigger difference you can feel at home and in your wallet. The Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener, for example, is the world’s most efficient water softener. Why? Check out the benefits:

  • Low Maintenance - Automatic service notifications sent directly to your Culligan Man.
  • Lower Bills - Spend less every month on energy, water, detergents, shampoo, and more.
  • More Control - Custom water softness where you want it, automatically adjusted for how you use it most.

Not sure if you need an upgrade? Follow this three-step process to figure it out:

First, look at your costs. Take a peek at your water and electric bills and your salt usage. Are you buying more salt because you have to fill the tank more often? If you’re seeing costs creep up, you’re using excess water. That’s a pretty big sign that your water softener is not as efficient as it could be.

Then, have your water softener inspected. Call your local Culligan Man. He’ll inspect your water softener and test your home’s water quality. If there’s an issue, he’ll be able to provide you with solutions.

And lastly, make sure you understand modern technology. Water softeners used to be sized for the number of people in a home. Have your kids moved away to college? Are there fewer people using water at home? Your softener may be using more water and electricity than necessary. The Culligan HE can monitor for changes in water consumption, adjusting automatically.

Hustling Up the Hancock, Bottled Water in Hand

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What does climbing, lungs and water have in common? The 17th Annual Hustle Up the Hancock, of course! Over 4,000 people will be racing to the top of the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago this weekend for a noteworthy cause. Partnering with the Respiratory Health Association (RHA), Culligan International is the official bottled water sponsor for Hustle Up the Hancock this Sunday, April 13th.

Culligan will provide bottled water for climbers as they race up 94 floors to the top of the John Hancock Center in an effort to raise money for lung disease research, advocacy and education. Last year, over 2,500 participants indicated they or someone they know has been touched by a form of lung disease, showing how necessary RHA’s research really is.

Good luck to all the climbers! For those who will be climbing, don’t forget to look for the “Hey Culligan Man” team at the top! Cheers to clean water and healthy lungs!