How do I know it’s time to change my filter?

Ask the water expert While usually dependent on the quality of your incoming water, most sediment filters should last between 6-12 months, or when you notice a pressure drop. This drop in pressure is a sign that your filter is becoming plugged. A chlorine taste and odor filter should last between 4-6 months, or when you notice a change in your water pressure.

Take advantage of Freshwater Systems’ Free Filter Reminder Service. You will receive a filter change reminder at the interval you specify via email.

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Culligan® Expands Water Analytics Lab Services

Culliganwaterfilters_2 With the move of its worldwide headquarters to Rosemont, IL, Culligan International Company has unveiled an expanded Analytical Laboratory and new services to meet the needs of consumers concerned about their water quality and safety. The 71-year-old, Chicago-based global innovator of water treatment solutions now houses state-of-the art equipment that tests water samples from virtually anywhere in the world. The new, 9,500 square foot lab also facilitates product innovations that promote greener practices to enhance the environment and healthier customer lifestyles.

Whether consumers have city or well water, many unknowingly expose themselves to contaminants* that can compromise taste, bathing, household cleaning, laundry and even their health. Culligan’s new Analytical Lab offers expanded testing capabilities that can evaluate specific impurities* (i.e. iron, chlorine, sulfur, arsenic, radium, nitrates, etc.) or level of hardness in water. The testing is based on water samples collected by local Culligan dealers (water professionals who know their region’s specific water conditions and unique treatment requirements) and sent to Culligan’s new lab. Knowing exactly what’s in their tap water supply helps people make more informed decisions about which water treatment approach is right for them. Culligan dealers can then recommend to their customers customized filtration or softening solutions – many of which also benefit the environment.

New Testing Capabilities

Culligan’s Analytical Laboratory tests up to 10,000 water samples every year using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved methods. Culligan has the only lab in the water treatment industry that is certified by the State of Illinois EPA to be compliant with National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) standards.

Now, Culligan’s expanded laboratory offers:

Organic Analysis as a new service. The addition of a new gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) can test for the presence of volatile organics (e.g., disinfection by-products, gasoline, oil, toluene, etc.) in water samples, upon request by a Culligan dealer or a customer. In addition to Organic Analysis, Culligan offers a comprehensive range of analytical services including: Standard Analysis – for sizing systems and general chemical water characteristics Hemodialysis Analysis – ensures that water meets Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards, including the analysis of heavy metals Scale Analysis – for determining the composition of water deposits Resin Analysis – for identifying the quality of cation resin

Advancing a Greener Product Pipeline

The data captured by its new Analytical Lab also helps Culligan to develop next-generation water treatment solutions for home and commercial applications that offer innovative and environmental benefits.

"More people are seeking greener alternatives to single-serve bottled drinking water to spare landfills of non-recyclable plastic and the atmosphere of excess fuel emissions. Culligan’s new lab supports ongoing engineering and development initiatives to design products with the environment in mind – and give consumers more eco-friendly water filtration and softening solutions for the home and workplace," said Mark Seals, Culligan’s chief executive officer.

Filtration Innovation

When it comes to drinking water, Culligan offers today’s homeowners and businesses many environmentally friendly alternatives to single-serve bottled drinking water, including reverse osmosis (RO) filtration and point-of-use (POU) solutions. For example, Culligan’s under-the-sink filtration systems for the home and "bottle-less coolers" for the office help eliminate the need for the throw-away plastic bottles that contribute to U.S. dependence on oil and are clogging landfills around the country. The company also offers a five-gallon bottled water service, where Culligan dealers deliver water in jugs that are sanitized and then reused up to 90 times.

Smarter Softening

For water softening, Culligan’s Smart-Sensor™ residential water softener automatically adjusts to changes in water conditions and activates regeneration only when needed. This helps to ensure optimal water and salt consumption while sparing environmental waste and saving energy. Using softened water also minimizes

build-up on fixtures and appliances, which means less soap and harsh chemical cleansers are needed to remove scale deposits.

"Culligan recognizes that customers crave smart technology that is eco-friendly, energy-efficient and low maintenance – while offering all the benefits of making their water the best it can be. Our new lab will enable us to engineer these innovations so we can provide more choices to our customers," added John Van Newenhizen, Culligan’s director of commercial products.

Freshwater Systems has a large selection of Culligan Water Filters.

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The Dangers of Unfiltered Water

Waterfilterimage Most people understand the serious risks to your health from the inhalation of dangerous chemicals and contaminants.  But, many more people don’t know the hazards some contaminants pose to many Americans’ drinking water.

Contaminants in unfiltered water can cause a wide range issues. For example, lead found in water can impair the mental and physical development of children and can cause high blood pressure and hearing damage in adults. Asbestos can still be found in drinking throughout the United States and can cause several types of cancers, including mesothelioma and colon cancer.

What’s the solution?

For many homeowners, the simplest and most affordable solution is to install a residential water filter system certified to filter all types of contaminants, such as any of the filtration systems available for home use.

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Water filters provide the best solution to problems with bottled water and tap water.

When you use a water filter you are able to remove dangerous contaminants from municipally treated water. Drinking filtered water is more economical and easier on the environment.  With landfills growing to enormous sizes and recycling rates remaining low, the number of water bottles discarded by consumers is staggering.  1.5 million tons of plastic are used in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year.  The energy alone required to manufacture and distribute these bottles to market severely drains limited fossile fuels.

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