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The Culligan Man and United Center Partner Up to Hydrate Chicago Sports Fans

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United Center SmallBig 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 Blackhawks.

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 Company, LLC.

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!

Summer’s Not Over – Drink Up!

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hydrate with a glass of waterThe heat is giving us a real kick in the pants in the Chicago area this week, which has served as a great reminder to keep hydrated. Doesn't look like summer is ending any time soon!

Water is a pretty huge part of our lives. More than 70 percent of an adult's body is made up of water. In fact, every system of the body depends on water for performing normal functions.  In short, we're not going very far without water.

Since that's the case, why not work with your Culligan Man and be sure you're drinking better water? After all, how your favorite drink tastes is just as important as how quickly it cools you down and hydrates. Our drinking water systems provide solutions that can improve the quality of your water and give you a peace of mind. Can't argue with that!

Depending on where you live, your water quality can vary. But your local Culligan Man is an expert on water treatment in your area. He can test your water and customize a water treatment system specifically to you and your home that will greatly enhance the quality of your drinking water.

Once that's in place, keeping hydrated is as simple as a few changes in your routine:

  • Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
  • Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories. 
  • Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.
  • Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories. 
  • Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long. 

What are you waiting for? Drink up, and enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Total Dissolved Solids Got You Down?

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Total dissolved solids. Have you heard the reference? Those of us in the know refer to them as TDS. Much easier to remember, isn't it? But what are they, and why should you be concerned if there is a high level of TDS in your drinking water?

TDS most commonly refers to the level of dissolved ions in water. Simply put, TDS is the presence of dissolved minerals in your water, most often calcium, potassium and sodium. You see now where the name comes from?

Let's get down to the science of it. Pure water doesn't conduct electricity very well, but ions dissolved in the water will. The more ions dissolved in water, the higher the conductivity, which is where the measurement comes from. Sometimes high TDS makes its way into drinking water - whether through seawater intrusion in coastal areas, natural sources like rocks, bedrocks and soils, or even road salt. And that's where we want to pump the brakes.

The bottom line - high TDS is going to make your water taste bad. Depending on the dissolved solid present, your water could taste salty. Bitter. Astringent. Yuck, gross, bad, if you ask us. High TDS can also increase corrosion and scaling in your household plumbing and appliances.

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. You can trust your Culligan Man.

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.

Still unsure about total dissolved solids? We don't blame you. Holler at your Culligan Man, and he'll know what to do.

Fire Hydrants: A Source of Water, Art and Tribute to the City of Chicago

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There will be no shortage of oversized fire hydrants dotting the city of Chicago next month - and for good reason!

Culligan is pleased to be a sponsor of a new public art exhibition, the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants (presented by Wintrust), which is set to celebrate the heroism of Chicago's firefighters. Beautifully decorated fiberglass fire hydrant replicas will stand in tribute to Chicago's finest throughout the city beginning Sept. 11. The 5-foot tall sculptures will decorate the city until Nov. 11. There will be 101 hydrants, to be exact; one to symbolically represent each Chicago firehouse.

Private businesses, parks, plazas, and tourism destinations will be home to the pieces of art during the public exhibition, and artists of all ages and abilities are set to decorate the hydrants. Once the exhibition ends, the hydrants will be auctioned to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the families of fallen police and firefighters.

At Culligan, we couldn't be more proud to be a sponsor of one of the fire hydrants. It's a beautiful tribute to the heroes of Chicago. It feels fitting that the fire hydrant is a source of water!

The big reveal will take place Sept. 11, and we can't wait to see how our hydrant looks! You can be certain we'll keep you posted.

The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants campaign was created in partnership between Agency 360, LLC and Innovation Ovation, Inc. to raise awareness and funds for fire-related charities and to showcase public arts. For more information, including artist biographies and display location, visit: or

Keep the Chlorine Smell in Your Swimming Pool, Not Your Drinking Water

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Chlorine Smell in Drinking WaterWe're in the thick of summertime - sunshine, hot weather, swimming pools. You can probably smell the chlorine wafting from your glass of drinking water.

Wait. That's not right. You should be smelling chlorine in your pool, not your drinking water. So what gives?

Here's a little known fact: did you know chlorine has been widely used as a disinfectant for drinking water since the early 1900s? Chlorine didn't just revolutionize water purification, though. It has been hailed as the major public health achievement of the 20th century!

Today, chlorine remains the most widely used chemical for water disinfection to ward off waterborne diseases (like typhoid, hepatitis and cholera). However, in the past there has been some discussion about water disinfection byproducts (DBPs) - which can make their way into the water supply - and tap water safety. To help consumers sort the facts from the myths, let the Culligan Man answer some top consumer questions:

1. What is a disinfection byproduct?

DBPs form when disinfectants used to treat drinking water react with naturally occurring materials in the water. Trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids are the primary byproducts that result from the use of chlorine as a disinfectant.

2. Are there actions being taken by federal and local agencies to monitor or reduce DBPs?

The EPA has regulated the presence of DBPs since 1979 to address potential health risks posed by chlorinated water.  And, in some communities, the EPA has even required water utilities to reduce the amount of DBPs by switching to alternative disinfectants such as chloramine.

3. How do I know if my drinking water contains DBPs?

If you have concerns, you can turn to a couple of easy to access, reliable resources. Obtain a free copy of your Consumer Confidence Report from the EPA to see exactly what is in your local municipal water supply and how it is being treated before it reaches your home or simply review your annual water quality report that you receive from your local water utility.

4. What can I do to limit DBPs in my home's drinking water?

Consider adding a household drinking water filtration system for an extra level of security. Culligan's patented water filtration technology - including systems like Aqua-Cleer® - can be customized to reduce possible impurities  in your water, such as aesthetic chlorine, lead, radium, and cysts.

What are you waiting for? Reach out to your Culligan Man and find a water solution that's right for you. Stick to worrying about the chlorine in your pool, not your drinking water.

*Chlorine and other contaminants and impurities are not necessarily in your water.