This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Culligan International. All opinions are 100% mine.
Will you grab a glass from the cabinet and pour yourself a cup of water straight from the tap?
We live in a city right outside of Dallas where the population is right under 40,000 people.
When I was a kid, this area was known for having awful water.
Over the years, the water has improved, but I will not pour my kids a glass of tap water to drink. I worry so much about the levels of impurities and contaminants that are in our drinking water. I had reached a place where I was using bottled water for cooking, for baby bottles, for drinking, for the dog’s water, etc.
As it is, we do not drink enough water. Honestly, I feared to know just how bad the water really was coming out of our tap. AND, I wondered if the bottled water was any better.
Reports say 75% of us fear the condition of our drinking water, yet hardly any of us get our water tested. Honestly, until recently I did not know it was so easy to have it done.
Do you know the difference between hard water and soft water? All of these years I thought I hated soft water. I complained that anytime I washed my hair in soft water I could not get the shampoo and conditioner out. I felt like I could never get the soap off of my body. I was convinced I did not like soft water, but in fact, soft water was not the problem. It is somewhat the opposite.
The more impurities, (lead, arsenic, nitrates, etc.) that are in our local water systems, the more chemicals they use to combat that. The more chemicals that are used to combat the impurities the harder our water gets. The harder our water gets, the more chemicals they need to put in our laundry detergents, shampoos, soaps, etc., so they will lather and do what we “expect” them to do so that we “know” they are working.
Soft water is 300 times more aggressive at cleaning than hard water, and you can use less water when it’s soft than when it’s hard.
I think that if we knew all of the chemicals we are being exposed to in our “clean” tap water and all of the chemicals being added to our detergents, soaps, and cleaners to allow them to work well with the hard water, we would be shocked. Do you see the cycle this creates?
Culligan Aqua-Cleer Reverse Osmosis System is a water filtration system that is configured to filter based on what’s in your water. Culligan can customize your system with up to 14 interchangeable filters, the most options on the market today. This guarantees that your home’s water is free from harmful impurities, including lead. If we don’t want lead in our paint, why would we want it in our water, which we are ingesting?
Not only does Culligan provide you with peace of mind knowing there are no harmful impurities in your water, but it also means that you get better tasting coffee, tea, juices and baby bottles, more flavorful soups, sauces and pasta, and even clearer ice cubes. We even had them run a line to our fridge for the water and ice machine that is in the door.
The system fits under your kitchen sink and does something called reverse osmosis to purify the water. The filters are changed once a year.
Culligan has been solving the hardest and most common water issues in people’s homes for more than 80 years and is a world leader in the treatment of water.
Culligan did a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) water test at our house.
TDS says it needs to be between 0-50 for a good water reading. That said, the government will allow city water to be up to 1k parts per million. Yikes!!
Natural Spring water will test between 50 and 150.
Average tap water tests between 150-300.
TDS considers anything between 300-500 as high and certainly feels 1k is high.
Here is how our water tested on the TDS scale:
Our city water: 146 (our city is good compared to surrounding cities)
The water pitcher in our fridge: 90
Store brand purified water bottle: 22
Our existing fridge filter for the ice and water in the door front: 140
Water treated with Culligan’s reverse osmosis treatment: 4
Reverse osmosis will remove 94% of the existing impurities from the water.
I cannot tell you how good I feel knowing I can get water straight from the sink for my kids to drink and know I am providing the cleanest water possible. I really want an entire house system now when you consider what I explained above about the water and chemicals we are bathing with, running through our dishwasher and on our clothes.
For more information about Culligan water treatment products, including water softeners, drinking water systems, whole-house systems and solutions for business, or to find your local Culligan representative visit www.culligan.com. You might also look into the Culligan ClearLink Pro as well. It works with the Culligan Aqua-Cleer Reverse Osmosis System so you don’t need to drill a hole in your counter for an additional faucet. You simply click the button and dispense the filtered water straight from your existing faucet.
Have you ever had your water tested? Does it scare you to think about it?