Water Quality in Baltimore Affects More Than Just Your Tap Water

water quality in Baltimore

 

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

The Baltimore Metro Area is served its water by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works.  The city is known to have decent drinking water from its surface water that feeds into the Liberty, Loch Raven and Pretty Boy reservoirs.

While these places might be good for a boat or a swim, and the tap water is mostly safe, have you considered the quality of water that runs through your home, and how it affects more than just your drinking choices?

Water isn’t just a naturally occurring element that has been sustaining all living beings in the Baltimore area since before the Inner Harbor was around. Having the correct water softener and filtration system 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, water quality 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!

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

It also has a tendency to leave water spots or fade on clothing during the wash. That might be the reason your black and orange Baltimore Orioles jersey is faded to a grayish-tangerine hue.

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 for crabs and seafood.

Baltimore water quality affects your plants. 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 Public Works Department of Baltimore 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

Refreshing Summer Drink Recipe by Culligan

After creating this delicious and refreshing beverage many times I have been able to test out many different brands of ingredients. However, one particular ingredient always made a difference each time I made this delightful drink and I will NEVER change it. The difference was Culligan. Culligan water makes this recipe SO much better!

Everything else in this recipe can be changed out for different brands but the most important thing to stay true to is using Culligan water. The best part is, you don’t necessarily have to have a bottled water cooler. By having a Reverse Osmosis System installed right under your sink it will save you a lot of money and you will have clean, great-tasting, water right at your fingertips. No more wasting room in your fridge with bottled water or filtered pitchers.  Save time, money and space by choosing Culligan. It’s like having a bottled water company right under your kitchen sink!

This satisfying coffee recipe is perfect for those long, hot, spring and summer days when you just need something to cool you down but also put a little extra pep in your step.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Culligan Water
  • ¼ cup of your favorite ground coffee
  • 2-4 Tbsp Sugar*
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Caramel Drizzle OR Chocolate Drizzle*

*optional ingredients

Instructions:

  • Brew coffee using cold Culligan Water and ¼ cup of ground coffee.
  • Once your coffee is brewed, pour the hot coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze.
  • After the ice cubes are frozen throughout, add 2-5 of the coffee cubes into a glass.
  • Add your desired amount of sugar to sweeten.
  • Pour 1 cup of milk on top of the coffee cubes & stir until all contents are well blended
  • Top off with your preferred flavored drizzle
  • We recommend that you wait about 2 minutes before consuming to allow the coffee cubes to melt into the milk & add more flavor!
  • Enjoy!

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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.

Last Call! Wanted Dead or Alive!

Wanted Dead or Alive - $500 Reward

Wanted Dead or Alive – $500 Reward

We all know that the purpose of a water softener is to reduce or completely get rid of the minerals that make our water hard. Winter is just a couple months away which not only means fresh snow and the holidays, it also means dry skin and dull hair. With a Culligan HE Water Softener, now you don’t have to deal with those problems. A Culligan water softener will eliminate all of those dreadful winter symptoms while saving you money. Culligan can help decrease the amount of money spent on hair products, detergents, dish soap and water usage. Let’s face it, no one likes calcium build up in their tubs and sinks. A Culligan HE Water Softener will reduce the hard work put in to keeping your bathroom spotless by reducing the amount of calcium build up.

 

The Wanted Dead or Alive promotion is still running for most Culligan dealers throughout the month of October. This is definitely a deal you do not want to miss! Culligan will take your old, crusty water softener off of your hands even if it doesn’t work. The best part is, it doesn’t even have to be an old Culligan unit! They’ll take any make and any model. Don’t get stuck with nasty skin and hair for another winter. Call your local Culligan Man and get a new Culligan HE Water Softener today!