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.

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.

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

Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water vs. Water Filter Pitcher

What’s all the fuss about Reverse Osmosis (RO)? Why would I want to buy an RO when I could just buy a water filter pitcher? I’m glad you asked – that’s what we were just about to discuss! Let’s compare, shall we?

  1. Space. The space in your refrigerator is limited, and water filter pitchers can often be one of the biggest items in your fridge. With a reverse osmosis Under the sink reverse osmosissystem, it hooks on to your sink. This frees up space in your fridge for other things – not drinking water.
  2. Capacity. “There are some pretty big water filter pitchers out there,” you might argue. And you’re right. There are some high-capacity pitchers out there, but no matter the size, you’ll find yourself filling them up more often than you’d like. With an RO, the only thing you’ll be filling up is your glass.
  3. Availability. If you’ve ever used a water filter pitcher, you’ve seen that the filtration isn’t instant. After you fill it up (which you’ll do often – especially when you have friends over), you have to sit and wait for it to finish filtering before pouring another glass. It doesn’t take long, but you still have to wait. Wouldn’t it be better to have a reverse osmosis system to instantly give you fresh, great-tasting water at a moment’s notice?
  4. Filtration. Perhaps the most compelling difference between a water filter pitcher and an RO is that a reverse osmosis drinking water system uses a multi-stage filtration process to remove impurities (ours are typically 3‑5 stages) from your water, while pitchers usually have a single-stage carbon filter. RO drinking water systems have a carbon filter, too, but they also have additional stages to remove everything from sediment to harmful impurities like lead, radium, aesthetic chlorine, chromium‑6, and arsenic.*

Now do you see what the fuss is about? Reverse osmosis drinking water machines provide you with superior convenience and save space in your refrigerator. Contact your local Culligan Man to get more information about a customized reverse osmosis system for your home today!

* Not everybody’s water contains these impurities; yours might not. Schedule a water analysis with your local Culligan Man to find out what’s in your water.

 

Maintain Your Culligan Water System

Here’s how Culligan can help you maintain your systems:

Does your water treatment system need service, repaired, or just need regular maintenance? Who better to trust than your certified local Sharp Water Culligan water expert! Whether your water system needs a multi-point system inspection or just a simple salt delivery, your Culligan man is here to help you every step of the way. Even if you don’t have a Culligan water system, Culligan can still help with:

  • Multi-point system inspection
  • Water quality check
  • Inspect water flow and check for salt bridging in the tank
  • Adjust regeneration frequency
  • Set or re-set timers and sensors
  • Refill Salt
  • Sanitize System

Culligan Man Delivering Salt for water system

What is included in my plan?

At Culligan, we know that sometimes your water treatment system needs serviced. If you need one service call or want to start a hassle-free maintenance plan, your Culligan man is the one to trust for all of your water filtration needs. We offer:

  • System service & repair
  • Regular maintenance
  • Performance tune-up
  • Installation
  • Replacement parts
  • Salt Delivery
  • Emergency service

Sharp Water Culligan offers a variety of service plans that will fit your needs. One of these service programs is the Salt Delivery Program. This program helps with automatic water softeners, get the salt that they need in a timely manner. The Culligan Man will even fill your salt tank so there’s not more lugging around those heavy bags of salt.

Another great program that Sharp Water Culligan offers is the Maintenance Agreement. This plan is perfect for those of who have water softeners, chemical feeders, and neutralizers. With this plan comes with a reduced labor rate. The labor includes: water tests, verifying the proper operation of equipment, batch cleaning of the resin with Res-Up, resetting time clocks if needed, filter changes, and refilling of salt and other chemicals if needed.

Lastly, Sharp Water Culligan offers the Platinum Care Program. This program is meant for systems that are 5 years old or newer. For a monthly or annual cost, everything is covered by the Platinum Care Program. This includes things such as labor, parts, filters, chemicals and so much more! Systems that are covered under this program include, water softeners, chemical feeders, reverse osmosis, whole house filters, UV lights, and Big Blue Filters.

 

Give The Gift Of Culligan!

HE Water Softener

It may sound a little odd to gift someone a water softener for the holidays but a Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener is the gift that keeps on giving. The benefits of a Culligan water softener are simple. It improves the taste and overall quality of your water throughout your entire home. It makes your skin and hair feel amazing as well as making your clothes cleaner. Not to mention, it helps eliminate the amount of soap scum build up on your tubs, sinks, and faucets. Don’t bother having to replace your appliances every few years due to hard water buildup and soap scum, get a Culligan HE Water Softener today!

Culligan HE Water Softeners not only save you money, they are the most efficient product on the market! This means that your system will pay for itself in no time. Our High Efficiency softener has been proven to be 46% more efficient than any other brand. Why waste your hard earned cash on a less efficient, system? Choose Culligan instead! Contact your local Culligan Man today for special offers in your area!

“I was completely surprised by the way my hair felt after getting it washed and knowing a Culligan water softener was installed. It looked healthy and voluminous!” – Amanda, PA.