There's plenty more to Culligan's legacy than water
Without the men and women who've developed the company and its
expertise in the industry, Culligan would be little more than a
brand name. Last month, the Culligan system lost one of its
longtime greats, Lucille Neubert.
Lucille, who passed away on December 12 at the age of 105,
became Culligan's first female franchise owner in 1939 when she and
her husband, Merle Sophy, acquired the Mankato, Minnesota
dealership from Culligan's founder, Emmett J. Culligan. At the
time, it was just the ninth franchise in the country.
The dealership in Mankato has remained in the family for three
Lucille was twice widowed before marrying Clarence Neubert and
settling in Arizona. Lucille's son, Michael Sophy, who remains part
owner of Culligan of Mankato along with his son, said his mother
was an avid gardener and pianist, and loved to travel the
Culligan International is grateful for its Culligan men and
women, and thanks Lucille's family for their years of dedicated
service. She'll be missed within the Culligan family.
The excitement of a "fresh start" has just begun, and in the
midst of it all is the need for resolutions; whether it's trying
something new or bettering something in our lives. One resolution
that everyone should strongly consider though is adding more water
to their daily routine.
While many are aware of the benefits of water to all aspects of
life, there are quite a few specific to one's health and
well-being. Here are a few to help you get started:
You Lose Weight: Replace high calorie
beverages with water, decreasing calorie intake
Shine to Hair: At the end of your shower, rinse hair
with cool water to add shine
You Smarter: Drink enough a day and it will increase
oxygen levels to brain, improving cognitive performance
- Reduces Anxiety/Stress: Use a water feature
(think tabletop water fountain) on your desk at work to calm your
- Improves Sleep: Soak in a hot bath before
bedtime to increase relaxation
- Increases Energy/Minimizes Fatigue: Drinking
plenty of H20 helps organs function properly and prevents
dehydration, giving you more vitality
You Young: Keep skin moisturized and reduce wrinkles
by drinking at least 8 glasses a day
Water has so many perks, including making YOU a healthier
version of yourself. So whether you've decided to learn a new
language, exercise more often or perhaps travel more in 2014,
adding water into the equation can only benefit you and your
livelihood! Drink up!
The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and focus on the
future. We all have our resolutions for the new year… lose weight,
pay off debt, exercise more, get promoted, etc., but has your
resolution ever been to conserve? It could entail turning off the
lights when you leave a room, recycling more or maybe even learning
to use less water. While some of these are good for the
environment, some are also good for your wallet.
The average person in North America uses 80-100 gallons of water
each day according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). To put
things in perspective, it takes 36 gallons of water to fill a tub
for a bath or two gallons per minute in the shower. That's a lot of
water going down the drain each day. So what can you do to help
save water and ensure future generations don't encounter a water
Here are a few tips*:
- Use the
dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand
- Designate one
glass for your drinking water every day or refill a water
- Wash dark
clothes in cold water, it saves water and energy, not to mention it
helps retain the color of your clothing
- Turn off the
water while you brush your teeth (it can save up to four gallons
- Keep your
shower under five minutes (and save up to 1,000 gallons per
- Water your
summer lawn once every three days and your winter lawn once every
Culligan can be the key to your water conservation success in
2014! They have the expertise and tools to get you on track for the
*Water tips courtesy of www.wateruseitwisely.com.
'Tis the season for your pocketbook to feel a little smaller and
your budget a bit tighter. Once the holidays are over, many people
find themselves pinching pennies and looking for ways to save, if
they aren't already.
Did you know some of your savings can originate right in your
own home? More importantly - we may be biased - your very own
Culligan Man can help in the savings!
You use water in your home every day. Bathing, washing and
running your appliances. If you have hard water, you could be
draining your wallet of money unnecessarily. On the flipside,
softened water can reveal hidden savings that bring measurable
benefits to your budget.
How can soft water save you money? Let us count the ways:
Detergent savings - you don't need to use
as much soap or cleaning aids to wash laundry, dishes, hair and
body. You save on detergent purchases while getting even
Lower energy bills - you can wash your
clothes in 60-degree versus 100-degree water temperatures,
decreasing the energy required to heat water for successful stain
Appliance longevity - using softened water
helps to increase the lifespan of your water-using appliances, by
preventing scale buildup that can damage equipment and lead to
Water heater efficiency - gas storage tank
household water heaters operating on soft water can maintain their
original efficiency rating.
Healthier plumbing - hard water
scale buildup not only attacks appliances, but clogs pipes, slows
drains and constricts the rate of water flow from showerheads. Soft
water keeps these "lines" open and prevents the need for costly
What are you waiting for? Start saving.
Contact your Culligan Man today.
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