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Problem Water Series: Total Dissolved Solids

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Many problem water issues occur naturally. Have you ever come across rocks covered in white sediment? Seen little water spots on your car right after having it washed? This can be an example of Total Dissolved Solids in your water, or TDS.

What is TDS? Simply put, TDS is the presence of dissolved minerals in your water, most often calcium, potassium and sodium.  Although TDS is a natural phenomenon, it can still negatively affect the taste and quality of drinking water in the home; especially when it exists in high or low concentrations (1). Because these total dissolved solids are just that, dissolved, they are often not effectively removed from water by some filtering techniques, which may only remove solids, chemicals, and sediments from water. Typically, TDS removal can happen either at the point-of-entry, where the water supply comes into your home, with something such as a whole home water treatment system.  Alternatively, TDS can be addressed with a point-of-use system, where the water is treated right where it is used, with an under-sink reverse osmosis system.  

At Culligan, we offer several solutions to reduce TDS in water, including both point-of-entry whole home filters and softeners and point-of-use water filtration systems. If you think you have TDS in your water, Culligan has the testing capability, local water knowledge, skills and products to best address your water needs.

The Culligan Aqua Cleer Drinking Water System is one example. With its advanced filtration, including reverse osmosis, the system is completely customizable to fit your household water needs, resulting in great tasting drinking water. If you are looking to fix water issues in your home or business, your Culligan Man can help. Just say “Hey, Culligan Man!” 

*Total Dissolved Solids and other contaminants and impurities are not necessarily in your water.

1) http://water.epa.gov/type/rsl/monitoring/vms58.cfm

2) http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/secondarystandards.cfm

 

Water Conservation Tips: Post Hurricane Sandy and Beyond

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In light of the devastation that has occurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy, Culligan would like to share tips on how to conserve water in the home, apartment or office. Natural disasters, like hurricanes, can cause power outages, which can result in water contamination and directly affect access to clean water, especially safe drinking water. When these situations occur, we are reminded how essential clean water is to everyday life. The following are tips to conserve water in your daily routine, and possibly benefit everyone with more clean water:

  • Cut down on the time spent showering and bathing. Try timing yourself and then reduce the time by 10% each day.
  • Turn off the running water when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Run dishwashers and laundry machines when they are full. If your machine has a water-saver cycle option, use it.
  • Install low-flow toilets and shower heads.
  • Check your faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks.
  • Don’t use water for non-essential activities such as watering the lawn.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose when cleaning up debris from the storm.

If you suspect water contamination as a result of flooding, the Center for Disease Control recommends not using possibly contaminated water for washing dishes, brushing your teeth, preparing food, washing your hands or preparing baby formula (1).

Whether or not you were personally affected by the hurricane on the East Coast, it is always a good idea to brush up on how to save clean water. If you ever suspect water contamination as the result of a natural disaster, like Hurricane Sandy, or just have a question about your water quality and would like to arrange water testing, call your local Culligan Man for help.

Culligan continues to work with Convoy of Hope to provide clean, safe drinking water to those people affected by the hurricane on the East Coast. Visit Convoy of Hope to learn more about their relief efforts and how you can participate.

1 Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Sources:

DailyFinance

National Geographic  

The Water Elections

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It’s that time of year again, and voters are heading to the polls. Election season brings about a flurry of emotions as people track new and incumbent candidates, watch the debates and make their choice for individuals who could serve in political offices in the Senate, House of Representatives and Oval Office.

Culligan thought it might be useful to provide a quick view of two candidates for the water you drink in your home, apartment or office. The incumbent party, serving well for decades, is bottled water delivery service. The challenger is point of use filtration, also known as Bottle-Free® coolers.

To help you pick between bottled water cooler delivery vs. the bottle-free water coolers, we have broken down the benefits of both. The best part of this election is that no matter which you choose, you will get what you want: great Culligan water right in your office or home.

 

  Bottled Water Delivery   Bottle-Free® System
 
  • Your Culligan Man will deliver bottled water coolers to your home, apartment or office.
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  • Your Culligan Man will install a Bottle-Free cooler in your office or a drinking water system in your home.
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  • An office water cooler is great for employees to take a break and hydrate.
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  • No water bottles = no heavy lifting.
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  • It’s not a permanent fixture. A Culligan Bottled Water cooler plugs into an outlet and you can easily replace the bottles.
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  • Eliminates the need to arrange for water delivery service.
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  • Culligan delivers based on a service schedule.
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  • Some coolers offer ENERGY STAR certification, saving you money.
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  • Your Culligan Man will clean and sanitize your cooler as part of the full bottled water delivery service.
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  • Your Culligan Man will service your cooler or drinking water system and help you with any other water needs.
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  • Empty water bottles are removed, washed, sanitized and reused multiple times, reducing waste.
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  • Culligan can also filter water for your coffee maker, refrigerator and ice maker.
  • To cast your vote in this water election or others, visit Culligan’s Facebook. Whether it’s deciding between bottled water delivery or the bottle-free system, we want to hear what is the best option for you.

    Please contact your local Culligan Man for more information about the services in your area and the most appropriate solution for your home or office. Your Culligan dealer will also provide you with your options for purchase, rental or financing.

    Not all products and services are offered by all dealers, but your Culligan Man can provide better tasting water for most environments.

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