Chlorine Water Treatment – Should You Be Concerned?

Chlorine Water treatment

Think of chlorine water treatment as a giant disinfectant tablet on a massive scale – because that’s basically what it is.

Adding chlorine to a drinking water source has been popular for more than a century, and it continues to be the most cost-effective, dependable method of water disinfection today.

Though this is true, many do not like the taste or smell of chlorine in their water, and furthermore, chlorine itself is a known carcinogen, proven in some forms to be even deadly. Chlorine gas is the first chemical weapon known to have been used in warfare, by the Germans in World War I.

So how can such a harmful substance prove to be so helpful, and what should you be concerned with about the chlorine in your water source?

The Superman of Disinfectants

As a halogen, chlorine water treatment is highly efficient at ridding water of most pathogens – microorganisms in your water that can be harmful to your health.

Though chlorine in large doses can produce harmful health effects, the amount in your water is not typically harmful. In addition, chlorine does something other disinfecting methods do not – it provides a residual effect.

After chlorine water treatment, water still may need to travel long distances to storage tanks and distribution systems. In places where water is not used, the chances of pathogen regrowth increases. This can cause a major mess, include slime and biofilms that could contaminate all of the clean water being distributed through the system. The residual effect of chlorine helps to prevent this from happening.

Health Issues

Current studies show that drinking water with a small amount of chlorine does not cause harmful health effects. While this is true, some people are more sensitive than others to chlorine and other environmental differences, and there is a concern of long-term risk due to chronic exposure of trihalomethanes, which is a byproduct of the disinfection.

This has some communities looking at other options. Las Vegas has emulated many European and Canadian cities in switching over to harmless ozone instead of chlorine.

Ozone is effective over a wide pH range and is very powerful, however, there are higher operational costs and it does not have a residual effect.

What’s That Smell?

While chlorine is safe to drink up to 2 mg/L, it can be smelled easily at anything close to half of that. Sometimes the water can smell or taste over-chlorinated.

Many times, particularly if there is a warm front in the spring, bacteria/algae blooms near the water source makes it necessary to add more chlorine to the water to reduce the growth of microorganisms and keep the bug population low.

What Can I Do?

The best idea for the long run is a Culligan Reverse Osmosis System, which is like having a bottled water company under your sink. The system requires maintenance; however, Culligan takes care of this for you.

Point-of-use water filtration is also popular for absorbing chlorine out of the water. While activated carbon can absorb chlorine, disinfection bi-products and organics, these devices are not privy to your specific water situation and can require extensive maintenance.

Hard Water Problems: Common Myths of Water Softeners

With the amount of news available to us today, seemingly endless amount of information broadcasted to us about water quality issues in different places around the world, and here locally in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area, it’s difficult to understand what exactly you might need to do about your hard water problems.

Needs can vary from area to area, and home to home based on what possible contaminants are in your water, whether you use well or municipal sources, and a variety of other factors. You might require a water filter and a water softener, but it’s important to know that a water softener will not filter out certain harmful contaminants, and likewise, a water filter will not make your hard water soft.

Water Softeners Are Too Expensive

quality water softener from Culligan® can pay itself off, and actually save you money the more you use it. It can help reduce water heating bills, extend the length of your other household appliances, reduce your laundry and dish detergent usage 50 to 75%.

Water Softeners are Difficult to Install or Maintain

For as little as $10/month, you can buy, lease, or rent a water softener from Culligan, then sit back and relax! Let us take care of the installation and maintenance for you. A Culligan Water Softener is also backed by a comprehensive warranty. Don’t settle for a transactional approach online or run off to your local big box retailer. Your water is more precious than that. Trust the water experts at Culligan, with more than 80 years in the industry.

Water Softeners Make Your Water Taste Salty

Just because you need salts to operate your water softener does not mean the taste of table salt will permeate your drinking water. Salt is needed for ion exchange, a process that takes minerals that make water hard such as calcium and magnesium out of your water system.

Likewise, some people worry – particularly those on low-sodium diets – that softened water is not healthy for you. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Regular tap water contains very little sodium. The amount of sodium a water softener adds to tap water depends on the “hardness” of the water. Hard water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Some water-softening systems replace calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions. The higher the concentration of calcium and magnesium, the more sodium needed to soften the water. Even so, the added sodium doesn’t add up to much.

 An 8-ounce (237-milliliter) glass of softened water generally contains less than 12.5 milligrams of sodium, which is well within the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of “very low sodium.” Thus, it’s unlikely that sodium in softened water would pose a risk for most healthy people.

 However, if you’re on a very low-sodium diet and you’re concerned about the amount of sodium in softened water, you may want to consider a water-purification system that uses potassium chloride instead. Another option is to soften only the hot water and use unsoftened cold water for drinking and cooking.

You Need Sodium to Soften Water

If any level of salt in any of your water concerns you, you can consider one of Culligan’s salt-free solutions that use potassium chloride. Although these do not eliminate the minerals that cause hard water, a salt-free system transforms the minerals chemically so they will not scale.  This is technically called “water conditioning,” though it identifies as a “Salt-Free Water Softener.”

Water Softeners Filter Lead and Other Harmful Impurities

Water softeners can get rid of certain minerals that harm your Philadelphia area home, but that doesn’t mean your water is safe from other dissolved solids or harmful bacteria. If you would like all the benefits of a water softener with the best quality tap water, consider adding a Culligan Reverse Osmosis drinking water system or Whole House Water Filter for as little as $10 a month*.

 

*prices, rules and restrictions vary with dealer location

Baby Eczema and The Effects of Hard Water on Children

baby eczema

 

According to the CDC, July and August are the most popular months for babies. It’s no coincidence September is Baby Safety Month! If you are lucky enough to have a precious little new inhabitant of your house, you want to make sure they are properly nourished.

But what about the effects of hard water on your baby’s skin? From the bathtub to the laundry, the water used during these essential life events can have an adverse effect on your child.

High levels of hard water are directly associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema), an itchy inflammation of the skin. Hard water can be a catalyst that triggers this reaction. According to a new study led by King’s College London, living in a hard water area was associated with an up to 87% increased risk of baby eczema at three months of age, independent of domestic water chlorine content.

Though eczema is largely known as a genetic condition, environmental triggers in household items such as water, detergent, and a mix of the two can cause symptoms.

While it is not known if calcium carbonate buildup is directly linked to causing these issues, or whether the pH levels or other factors at play, what is known is that having hard water is not good for adults, let alone the tender skin of a young child. Installing a high-grade Culligan® water softener can ensure the health of your child’s skin is at a limited risk.

Furthermore, washing your baby’s clothes with the rest of your laundry probably won’t irritate your baby’s skin unless he or she suffers from allergies or eczema. However, don’t wash cloth diapers along with your regular load, as harsh detergents can cause diaper rash, regardless of water hardness.

Water itself doesn’t have an all-encompassing ability to effectively cleanse skin gently. If you are living in a hard water area, consider using a liquid baby cleanser. Though more studies are needed to attribute the specific contributions of ingredients of these formulations, the correlation between using such a product and your child experiencing less effects of dry skin is positive.

Five Examples of New Water Technology

new water technology

In the fast-paced world where everyone and everything can be connected and startups are funded daily, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of new water technology. Water safety, conservation and filtration have not escaped this paradigm shift.

Many of the new, smart-home technology water products of the future focus on two things: to alert and to conserve. Products that can help us become more mindful of our water usage theoretically pay themselves off in a certain amount of time.

Other commercial water products aim to intrigue by offering filtered water at a price point that undercuts the value of even the cheapest bottle of water.

At the end of National Water Quality month, we take a look at some of these devices and structures, whether it be for consumer or industry, to peek into the future of water conservation.

One would argue the climate for accessing cleaner drinking water is just right: In 2015, investments in natural water infrastructure projects that would deliver cleaner drinking water, reduce storm damage and reduce flood risks increased to a record high of $25 billion.

Other countries are getting into the act for new water technology: Lima, Peru announced it was restoring its pre-Incan canals in the Andes to help with its water shortage. Blending the natural ecosystem with old and new technology could

FLUID Smart Water Meter

Each appliance in your house, from the washing machine to the bathroom toilet, has a set run rate – the duration of water that flows thru that particular pipe when the machine is running.

The FLUID Smart Water Meter not only uses ultrasonic technology to figure this out, it will gather this data and tell you exactly when, where, and how much water you are consuming from each source of use.

FLUID also contains a disaster prevention tool, immediately providing alerts for leaks and making it an instrument that could pay dividends down the road.

WaterO

The WaterO is a tabletop reverse osmosis filter about the size of a microwave that utilizes a more complex filtration system than the likes of Brita or PUR.

The digital display on the front gives you TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) count before and after it runs through the quadruple filtration process. There is no need to connect to your plumbing water line – WaterO is a zero installation water purifying device. This means you can place WaterO anywhere in your home.

Currently with a limited availability, WaterO has received nearly $100,000 in crowdfunding resources.

Sutro

There are a handful of smart home water products, but what about your backyard? Your pool (if you’re lucky enough to have one) is as much a part of your home as anywhere. Along with a big investment up front, your pool needs constant care and maintenance. That’s where the Sutro comes in.

The Sutro floats in your pool, measuring its chemical makeup and allowing you to monitor the results from a smartphone. You can also sign up for a weekly subscription to deliver the right chemicals that your pool needs.

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

It may not be entirely new, but the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter has become a favorite of hikers, campers, and general outdoor types, though that was not originally its intended audience.

Swiss-based Vestergaard Frandsen developed the contraption in 2006 to help people in developing countries that don’t have access to clean water. The “straw” with a built-in filter cleans up to 264 gallons of water by trapping bacteria and protozoa. It does not, however, filter out dissolved solids and salt from sea water.

The product is available on the commercial market, and at a $20 price point, is a popular product for many that like to enjoy recreational activities near freshwater streams, lakes and rivers.

Warka Water Tower

Ok, so you might not find one of these in your home. But this innovative project in new water technology is too interesting to leave off the list.

The Warka Water Tower, invented by industrial designer Arturo Vittori is a 30-foot tall vase-shaped contraption that has a mesh net collecting droplets of dew that forms along the surface.

Since May of 2015, Warka’s prototypes have been featured in the Dorze Community in Ethiopia, a country where less than half the population has access to a clean water sources.

It costs merely $500 to set up a tower – and could be cheaper if mass produced, according to Vittori, who is looking to achieve this feat by 2019.

Healthy Water & Assisted Living — What You Should Know

Assisted Living

When you think of a place where delicate hearts and minds need special care, what is your first thought?

If you were thinking about a school, you’re likely not alone. But there is a certain faction at the opposite end of that spectrum where such a need also applies.

Seniors in assisted living are typically less resistant to potential contaminants in water. Because of this, they are at a higher health risk.

Today is National Senior Citizen’s Day, and we are taking a little time to show our love and support to those that helped build our country into what it is today.

Whether you already have a loved one residing in one of these homes, or you are in the phase of choosing one, what questions should you be asking about the facilities and its water supply?

Lead Pipes

How old is your targeted assisted living establishment? Many nursing homes are built on private well sites, which do not require any regulation from the EPA. While the majority of documentation as related to lead poisoning is with children, lead is not good for anyone, particularly seniors with weaker immune systems.

Ask the provider if the facility is on municipal water or if it has its own system. If the nursing home does use well water, does it have proper prevention measures in place, such as backflow prevention devices, updated well caps that are vented, insect and vermin proof.

Contingency and emergency planning for possible contamination is also important, as there should be alternative options available in the event of a well problem.

Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionnaire’s is an atypical pneumonia caused by bacteria found in fresh water. Outbreaks of the disease in nursing homes have been well-documented over the past decade in the news, particularly when deaths are involved.

A study in 2015 of more than 2,800 cases of the disease found that 533 (19%) of cases occurred specifically in a health care facility, such as a hospital and nursing home.

The CDC has openly requested that all health care facilities do more to protect its plumbing systems from possible contamination. Ask your facility provider to provide you details on how regularly the disinfectant and chemical levels are monitored.

Filtered Water Quality

Other naturally-occurring pathogens can cause issues with impaired immune systems, such as the elderly. Generally, Americans are growing worried about polluted drinking water. Many nursing homes use on-tap filtered water systems and/or have Culligan® bottled water delivery on hand for its residents to have easy access to.

Ask if the assisted living establishment your loved ones are considering are residing in uses a filter system. Taking care of one of the most essential elements for sustainable human life can help establish trust between all parties involved. A facility that invests in the health of its residents is a good sign that it takes itself seriously as an establishment.

Water Quality in Philadelphia Affects More Than What You’re Drinking

Water Quality in Philadelphia

Have you thought about your water quality in Philadelphia lately? August is National Water Quality Month — break out the reverse osmosis filters and water softener and have a cold one (glass of water) on Culligan!

While the Delaware River might be good for a boat or a swim, have you considered the factors that determine the quality of water that runs through your Philadelphia home, and how it affects more than just your drinking choices?

Though the average cost of homeownership in the Philadelphia area is exceedingly affordable over your New York neighbors to the North, as well as Washington, D.C., to the South, hard water can seep into your home budget and level those costs out.

Water isn’t just a naturally occurring element that has been sustaining all living beings in the area since before the days of Valley Forge and George Washington. Having the correct water softener and filtration system in place can help maintain and sustain a number of everyday items around your home.

Your Home is Taking a Beating

Hard water, a build-up of calcium and magnesium in your water system, can affect many other aspects of your everyday life. According to the Water Quality Association, hard water affects 85 percent of all homes in the United States.

Your plumbing system and its external parts are at risk with hard water. It can create buildup in your pipes that leads to low pressure and, perhaps worse, cause corrosion in your water heater, ultimately causing it to fail. That’s thousands of dollars in repairs!

It can also cause exterior fixtures such as your faucets and shower heads, to form an aesthetically unappealing buildup of calcium deposits.

Hard water also has a tendency to leave water spots or fade on clothing during the wash. That might be the reason your once-pearly white and red pinstriped Phillies jersey is now a murky pantone strawberry-and-cream tie-dye mess.

These spots can also occur in the form of an ugly residue of spots on glass or silverware. So if you’re planning on entertaining company, you should entertain the thought of purchasing a water softener, or else just head out to the Reading Terminal Market for dinner.

Do you use unfiltered tap water for those ferns and lilies in your Philadelphia garden? Your perennials may turn into “occasionals” if your water source is from the city, where calcium deposits coat the soil and eventually repel the water.

Your body will thank you after installing a water softener and your skin is not dry and flaky. Your daughter will thank you after installing a water softener when she goes to school without frizzy hair. Your significant other will thank your water softener for not having to hear you complain about it!

Is your fresh-baked bread a little flat, is your fresh-brewed coffee a little bitter? Hard water may shoulder the blame. Dissolved minerals in hard water can affect the performance of yeast and change the structure of gluten. The minerals in hard water also can reduce your coffee’s flavor.

Take Action in National Water Quality Month!

The Philadelphia Water Department releases an annual water quality report at the direction of the EPA, which requires water systems to issue yearly Consumer Confidence Reports.

The EPA designated August National Water Quality Month to encourage citizens and municipalities alike to be more cognizant of the caliber of water that comes in and goes out of all aspects of their respective everyday activities.

Contact your local, family-owned Culligan Mid-Atlantic water expert to get a FREE in-home water test to help protect your family and home from poor quality water.

Is Your Drinking Water Safe for Your Pets?

 

Are you considering, or recently brought home, a pet from your local humane society or breeder? Animal owners think that drinking water is good enough for their pets, when in reality it could be harming them.

It is normal for people to be worried about what they eat and drink, as it can affect their health and overall well-being. But what about the water that your pets are consuming as well? You wouldn’t want lead and other contaminants* in your body. So don’t give it to your beloved animal. Most veterinarians advise you to not give your pets city water since it is commonly known to have chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride added during the water treatment process.

Culligan has a solution for all of your pet’s drinking water needs. Install a Culligan High-Efficiency Drinking Water System and begin giving your family (even your furry friends) high-quality drinking water. Water quality can differ from town to town. With this in mind, Culligan developed the innovative under-sink Culligan Aqua-Cleer®, one of our most advanced filtration systems. Customized to individual homes and offices, experience the enhanced taste and performance of smart filtration that addresses the unique needs of your water type.

By installing a Culligan Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System in your home, you’re contributing to eliminating bottled water waste and harmful impurities that could be lurking in your home’s drinking water. You’ll also be saving a ton of money in the long run. It’s like having a bottled water company right under your sink!

 

 

*Contaminants may not be in your water.

Why Staying Hydrated This Summer Is So Important

The summer heat is officially here, which means there’s even more reason to have refreshing water in your home, office, or on the go. Increased activity in the summer makes our body lose additional water. Drink Culligan water to keep hydrated.

A Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water system is one of the most efficient ways to reduce impurities in water.   Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water systems is an under-sink filtration station that makes it feel as if there is a bottled water company right under your sink. Fill up a glass, or eight, of Culligan® high quality drinking water and feel at ease as you enjoy your summer months without having to worry about bad tasting or smelly water. Have peace of mind knowing that you are drinking crisp, clean water.

 

Studies have shown that only 22 percent of Americans drink the recommended eight or more cups of water a day and 7 percent of people don’t drink water at all. Here are three reasons why is key to a healthy lifestyle.

 

  1. Water combats fatigue and dehydration.
  2. Water promotes weight loss and increased mental health.
  3. Water hydrates your skin and hair.

A Culligan® Water Softener is your homes solution for cleaner skin, shinier hair, and brighter clothes. Not only does this solution reduce soap residue on clothes, skin, and dishes, a Culligan® Water Softener can reduce water heating bills and make cleaning easier and more cost effective. Paired with a Culligan® Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System, Culligan has your total home water solution.

No sink? No problem. Ask your Culligan Man about Bottled Water® and Bottle-Free Cooler® Delivery!

Stay Hydrated with Culligan

With summer right around the corner, the importance of staying hydrated is greater than ever. A reverse osmosis drinking water system from Culligan can help keep you and your family hydrated this summer. At Culligan, we offer a full line of drinking water systems that are designed to fit seamlessly into your life.

A Culligan Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System is the easiest way to make sure you have an endless supply of high quality and refreshing water at your fingertips. For just pennies a glass, you’ll feel like you have a bottled water company under your sink. Our Reverse Osmosis systems use the same process that major bottled water companies use to purify their water, but with Culligan you will get it for a fraction of the price. Not only will your Culligan water taste great, but it can also improve your cooking.

If you prefer bottled water, Culligan can deliver you the same high quality water with our bottled water delivery service. Bottled water delivery is perfect for the office, and is great for your home too! With bottled water from Culligan you can choose the type of water you want whether it’s reverse osmosis filtered water, spring water, demineralized water or distilled water. Bottled water from Culligan is hassle free and is delivered by your local Culligan Man at a time that is conducive to your schedule.

At Culligan, we are passionate about the environment, and that is why we offer our Bottle-Free Water Cooler. A Bottle-Free cooler from Culligan offers all of the benefits of bottled water, without the bottle! You’ll get the same great tasting water without having to store or lift heavy five gallon bottles. A Culligan Bottle-Free Cooler’s sleek, aesthetically pleasing design will look great in your kitchen or break room.

Remember, as the temperature goes up so too does the amount of water your body needs! Only Culligan can provide you with the professionalism and high quality water that you deserve. Call or click today to discuss which Culligan Drinking Water system is right for you.

Three Common Myths About Drinking Water

Our entire lives we are told that drinking plenty of water is important. Well, all of those stories that your parents, teachers, and health educators talked about is true…or is it? Below we break down three of the most common drinking water myths to help you understand what is fact and what is fiction.

Myth #1: When you feel thirsty you are considered dehydrated

When your body notices that your water is depleting, your brain sends a signal that you need to rehydrate. This does not mean that you are dehydrated but you can be if you ignore the signal. If you are working outside or playing sports, then you will need to drink more frequently to replenish the liquid that you lose when you sweat.

Myth #2: You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

This myth dates back to 1945 when the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board suggested that people needed to drink 2.5 liters of water a day to be considered “healthy”. This myth was debunked when researchers began to find holes in the Food and Nutrition Boards claims. Water is more than just clear liquid you get from the sink. It is also found in fruits, vegetable, coffee, and tea. This can all contribute to healthy water intake without needing the traditional 8 glasses a day. Each person needs a different amount of water in the daily diet so there is not one overarching answer as to how much a person really should drink in a day. Your doctor can help you determine the right amount for your body and lifestyle.

Myth #3: Sports drinks are a better source of hydration than water

While well-known sports drinks are meticulously advertised and endorsed by athletes, they can often be costly and not offer the hydration your body actually needs. Not only can sports drinks provide empty calories, they can also contain mass amounts of sugar. Water delivers superb hydration with no extra sugars or carbohydrates. Water is easily absorbed by your body unlike sugary sports drinks that do not absorb into your blood stream as quickly thus delaying hydration.

Culligan cares about the quality of your drinking water. We offer a FREE water test and various systems that can help filter out contaminants* that may be in your water. From the Culligan Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System to whole house water filtration, we offer the best products to ensure that you have clean drinking water.

 

*Contaminants may not be in your water