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.

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.

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!

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

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.

 

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!

Culligan Puts Safety First

Recently at Sharp Water Culligan, we’ve enrolled our vehicles in the Safety First program to reduce the possibilities of accidents. The purpose of the Safety First program is to ensure roadway safety and to reduce the amount of vehicular accidents every year. By enrolling in this program, managers are able to provide constructive feedback to those of whom are operating our vehicles.

“The overwhelming majority of the studies concluded that the investment in safety through the SafetyFirst program produced measurable results; reducing automobile accidents, saving money, saving time and saving lives.” – SafetyFirst Systems, LLC.

Our goal at Sharp Water isn’t just to provide people with great-tasting, purified, water but it’s also to ensure the safety of those around us. If you see a Culligan vehicle like the one pictured above, please let us know how we are driving. Good or bad, we want to know.

 

Culligan Van

Wanted Dead or Alive!

 

Wanted Dead or Alive

$500 Reward

Wanted Dead or Alive! Your old water softener that is. Is your hair or skin drab and dry? Are your clothes and dishes spotty or lackluster? Well, it may be time for you to trade in your old water softener for a new one. We want your old or broken water softening system even if you are not a current Culligan customer! Simply trade in your old system for a cash reward towards a brand new Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener. Switching to a new Culligan water softener will not only give you cleaner water, it will also save you money. By installing a Culligan water softener in your home you are able to lower your monthly water, salt, and electricity costs. On top of all that, your Culligan Man will receive automatic service notifications so you never have worry about making an appointment ever again. Who doesn’t want fresh water from the most reliable and efficient water softening system around? Come into any of our Sharp Water locations between 9/1/16 and 10/31/16 and trade in any water softener and earn your cash reward.

The Importance of a Culligan Inspect n’ Check on Your Water Softener

Besides the occasional refill of salt, your water softener system is not something you think of regularly maintaining. Like most salt based water softeners, the process of how they work is pretty simple. Your hard water flows into the resin tank, the resin tank, which holds resin beads, absorbs all of the “hard” water minerals as they pass through which then allows only “soft” water to go through the system. After some time of this process, the tank does become full of these minerals and needs to be cleaned or “recharged.”

Some signs of your water softener system beginning to lose its momentum may include dry skin, water build up in your sink and bathtub, as well as having to use more soap to get your clothes and dishes spotless. If you are experiencing these symptoms, the best way to resolve the issue is to call your local Culligan Man. Your Culligan Man will come to your home, inspect your system, and diagnose the best solution. Having a Culligan water professional inspect and check your system on a regular basis can prolong the life of your Culligan Water Treatment system as well as save you money. When your water softener system works like it should, it cuts back on money spent on cleaning products and energy bills.

Even if you have a system from a big box store, Culligan will still service it. Culligan will service ANY make and ANY model because Culligan cares about the water in your home! Call your local Culligan water professional at 855- Hey-Culligan-Man!

It’s Time to Trade-In and Trade-Up!

Have you noticed your water softener not working the way it should? Does your hair feel gross, skin feel dry, and do your clothes and dishes not seem as clean as they use to? Well, it’s probably time to trade in your old water softener for a brand new one.

By trading in your old water softening system for a brand new Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener, you will notice how soft and radiant your skin and hair will feel. On top of that, you will also be saving money in the long run! That’s right! By trading in your water softening system, you will begin to notice a decrease in your utility bills as well as an increase in the life expectancy of all your home’s appliances.

Right now, Culligan is wants your old water softener: Dead or Alive. Even if you’re not a current Culligan Water customer, you can still trade in your old, broken, or run-down water softener system for a cash reward towards your brand new Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener. Your local Culligan Man is your water expert and will be able to determine what system will work best for you and your home. Call Culligan at 855-Hey-Culligan-Man to get rid of that old softener system and upgrade to Culligan Water today!