National studies have taught us a lot about our Drinking Water:
- According to EPA estimates, there are over 60,000 chemicals in use in the United States today, however the EPA only regulates 91 in your drinking water.
- The President’s Cancer Panel recommends “Filtering tap water” to lessen cancer risks.
- The water supplies of at least 46 million people in 2 dozen major metropolitan areas contain minute quantities of pharmaceuticals.
- Pharmaceuticals also permeate aquifers deep underground – the source of 40 percent of the nation’s water supply. Federal scientists who drew water in 24 states from aquifers near contaminant* sources such as landfills and animal feed lots found minuscule levels of hormones, antibiotics and other drugs.
- According to a March 2009 Gallup Poll on the environment, “Pollution of drinking water is Americans’ No. 1 environmental concern, with 59% saying they worry “a great deal” about the issue.”
- A study done by the Environmental Working Group found, “Nearly two-thirds of the 315 chemicals found in the nation’s drinking water over the last five years — a total of 201 — are unregulated.“
- The same EWG study points out, “Among the unregulated contaminants* detected in water supplies between 2004 and 2008, 168 have been linked to cancer, 54 to reproductive toxicity, 67 to developmental toxicity, and 35 to immune system damage…“
Doesn’t the water company take care of my water for me?
Firstly, in most places, your water does meet the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards so it is legally “safe”. Unfortunately, as mentioned at the top of this page, of the nearly 60,000 chemicals in the United States, the government only regulates 91 of them in your water. The other approximately 59,909 are up to you.
Possibly more importantly, it’s likely that providing healthy, safe drinking water for your family will always be the homeowner’s responsibility. Why?
Because only about 2-3% of the water that leaves water treatment plants is actually consumed. The rest is used for showers, laundry, toilets, washing cars, dishes and many other things. The bottom line is that it’s just not cost-effective to treat the 97% of water that we never drink to the standards of water we do drink.
So how can I ensure I’m drinking great water?
- Drink Bottled Water – Be sure you ONLY drink water that has been processed by Reverse Osmosis or Distillation. Spring water and other types of water typically don’t go through any processes to remove pharmaceuticals or other major contaminants*. The big disadvantages to Bottled Water are:
- It’s often more expensive than the gasoline you put in your car.
- It takes millions of barrels of gas to produce and then deliver those small bottles.
- Each year about 27 million more bottles clog up landfills.
- You run out of water when you need it.
- Get a Culligan Drinking Water system – A Culligan Drinking Water system is a small Reverse Osmosis filtration unit that will provide about 240 bottles of water per day to your kitchen sink and refrigerator. You’ll have so much water you’ll use it for cooking, ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables and even for your pets.
What are the benefits of a Culligan Reverse Osmosis?
- According to the Associated Press, “One technology, reverse osmosis, removes virtually all pharmaceutical contaminants…”*
- According to Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D., writing for Water Conditioning & Purification magazine in April 2008, “Nanofiltration and RO (Reverse Osmosis) eliminated all drugs tested.”
- In Orange County California they treat their public water with Reverse Osmosis and they found, “While the incoming water contains minuscule levels of prescription drugs, tests for any traces of a half-dozen pharmaceuticals, conducted as the treated water leaves the plant, detect nothing.”
- A study conducted by the Colorado School of Mines found, “None of the investigated drugs was detected in tertiary treated effluents after nanofiltration or reverse osmosis.” In other words, after the RO filter, no pharmaceuticals were found in the water even though there were pharmaceuticals prior to treatment.
In other words, Reverse Osmosis is the best and most cost-effective technology we currently have available. Here’s an idea of how Reverse Osmosis compares with other filtration systems that might go on your kitchen sink or be built into small pitchers.
Why choose Culligan?
Whether you give me a call, buy bottled water, or go somewhere else, I sincerely believe that your family will benefit from drinking only Reverse Osmosis water.
However, when you are ready to make such an important investment in your family’s well-being, be sure to work with a company, and people you can trust.
Culligan has been the one trusted company for improving your water since 1936. That’s a long time to be treating water. When we read about the challenges of our economy we are very proud to have survived through 7 decades while ONLY doing water treatment. We don’t drill wells or do plumbing or anything else. We’ve dedicated our business to learning how to best treat your water so that’s all we do.
My point is that when you need service or have questions a month, year, or decade from now, your Culligan Man will be here to help.
Which is important because our Drinking Water Systems come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Basically everything on your Culligan is covered for the original owner. Even if you move across the country, be sure to take your Culligan along because your local Culligan dealer will be able to honor your warranty and make sure you have everything you need for your new water.
What’s the next step?
Take advantage of our Free In-Home Water Test and Estimate.
Unfortunately, not all water in our area is the same. So to make sure you have exactly what you need, we offer our in-home water test to help educate you about the water in your home and how you can make it better.
Contact us and we’ll get back with you to setup your free water test right way. We’ve helped families get better water for over 70 years by simply being honest and straight-forward.
If I can be of service for any other water needs, please let me know.To the best water for you and your family,
Rodney Weber Manager Kaat's Culligan of Grand Rapids P.S. Before you invest in water treatment for your home or office it’s important to have all the facts. So whether you need a Drinking Water System, Bottle-Free Water Cooler, Water Softeners, Carbon Filter, Whole House Reverse Osmosis or a solution for your business, contact us and your friendly Culligan Man will get in touch.
*Contaminants may not be in your water