SOURCE: Culligan

December 11, 2007 07:30 ET

Culligan Helps You Drink in Facts About Your Water

A Fresh Take on Water and the Thirst to Go Green

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) -

Tap into Home Water Quality

Did you know that 86% of single-serve drinking water bottles (almost 7,000 tons daily) do not get recycled and end up in landfills or incinerators?(1) As part of the "go green" effort, consumers countrywide are being encouraged to part with single-serve bottled water and opt for tap water where appropriate. Culligan is here to let you know there are a number of ways you can make the most of tap water to save money and help the environment.

1. Filter Key Details from Your EPA Consumer Confidence Report

Every summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mails customers of community water systems (public water systems with at least 15 service connections, or regularly serving at least 25 year-round residents) a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report summarizes local area water sources (lakes, rivers, etc.), any contaminants to those sources and important compliance information about their public water supply.

In reading through your CCR, here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

--  Water quality measures vary depending on where you live and your main
    water sources.
--  A number of acronyms are used (e.g., MCL=maximum contaminant level,
    TT=treatment technique). For help deciphering, you can log on to the EPA
    site's "Frequent Questions" section.
--  The EPA has set the maximum drinking water contaminant level goal for
    lead at zero.
--  A 1-800 number for the Safe Drinking Water Hotline is included in the
    CCR report -- you can call this number for help with general questions
    about the CCR report and other safe drinking water issues.

For more information on CCR reports, please visit If you're not part of a community water system, or would like supplemental updates, your local Culligan dealer can arrange to have samples of your water sent to our nationally accredited analytical laboratory for analysis and report.

2. Culligan Helps Optimize Your H2O

The average American drinks 166 bottles of water per year.(2) The cost of most single-serve bottles is $1.50, adding up to $6 per gallon of water -- plus the cost of fuel to drive to the store to make the purchase. By contrast, the cost of an at-home water filtration system is only 3 cents per gallon of drinking water and does not produce the waste that single-serve bottled water does.

If you have concerns about your tap water, or simply are interested in more cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternatives for obtaining better quality drinking water from your tap, Culligan offers a number of options. We can do a free, on-site water analysis to determine which in home solution is best for you:

--  A system that filters water throughout your home
--  A system targeted to filter your home's drinking water
--  Simple, do-it-yourself drinking water, sediment and shower filter
    products for faucet-specific filtering

For more information or to arrange an interview with a Culligan expert, please contact Jodi Perkins at 847-279-0881 or Marcy Manning at 847-398-1388.

(1) Parents Magazine, March 2007
(2) Container Recyling Institute;

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