Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Culligan International. All opinions are 100% mine.

pure drinking water

When I moved to Phoenix 15 years ago, I was shocked by the taste of the water.  It’s was horrible, and I couldn’t believe it was safe to drink.  At the rate bottled water sells, obviously others don’t like the taste and must question whether our water in Phoenix is healthy and safe to drink.  The bottom line is, municipal water is supposed to be safe to drink.  Note, I said supposed to be!

Guess what?  It’s not always found that municipal water is safe.  In May 2017, the New York Times published an article stating there is nearly one-in-four chances your tap water is either unsafe to drink or not properly monitored for contaminants in accordance with federal law.  That was enough to upset me, but I read on and learned in Texas residents were exposed to high levels of arsenic in their drinking water for years.  In Michigan, residents were exposed to extremely high levels of lead in their water.  I’d like to be able to say, these weren’t recent incidents but they were.  According to the article in the Times, the number of violations with regards to drinking water safety in the United States are alarming in recent years.

Last month, I decided to have Culligan come in and perform an evaluation of the drinking water in my home.  Culligan has been offering water treatments for more than 80 years and offers free in home testing.  Plus, when I think of water treatments, they are the name that always comes to mind.   I made an appointment and on a Saturday morning; an expert came out to my home to inspect the water.  We were very impressed at how knowledgeable Culligan was about water, and our water expert explained the process thoroughly so we understood every detail and what the different test results meant.

Fortunately, Culligan’s experience in Phoenix has found the water is safe but there are other major issues.  Our water tested very hard.  On a scale of 0 -10, with 10 being very hard, our water scored a 12.  That means there is high content of minerals in the water.  That’s not necessarily bad for your health, but a 2014 study showed hard water scaling was a major source of bacterial growth in homes.  Not good.  We knew our water was hard because our glasses are always spotted and we constantly battle limescale buildup on our faucets, in our toilets, as well as tiles and all other surfaces that come in contact with our water.

limescale calcium buildup

Our second test looked at the total dissolved solids (TDS) in our drinking water.   This test looks at what’s actually in the water:  Uranium, Lead, Nickel, Selenium, Arsenic, Sulfur, Flouride, Silicone, and other substances.  If necessary, Culligan can send water to a lab to get specific measurements of each substance in the water.  We didn’t leverage the lab but our results were not good.   Our water contains 512 parts per million (ppm) of total dissolved solids.  This is a very high rating, which concerned us.  We also looked at the amount of chlorine Phoenix adds to the water, and while it was present, it was deemed very low on the scale.

chemicals in municipal water

With a Culligan drinking water treatment system, our drinking water would be reduced to approximately 25 TDS, a big difference and the line would run to our ice maker as well.   This was a no-brainer; we wanted a system installed as soon as possible and we weren’t looking to any other company except Culligan. The Culligan Aqua-Cleer Reverse Osmosis System is exactly what we need.

Culligan Advanced Cleer

Reverse osmosis is a process of water filtration that removes contaminants from water by pressurizing it and forcing it through a semi-permeable membrane. The technology effectively removes impurities from your water, including sodium, chloride, fluoride, and other contaminants.  While there is talk on the internet about reverse osmosis removing minerals from the water that offer health benefits, this was a topic we immediately dismissed.  We don’t depend on drinking water for essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium.  These are things we get everyday in our regular diet just like most typical Americans.  The reverse osmosis water is one of the best ways to get pure drinking water.  Installation was relatively quick (90 min) and very clean!

Culligan Aqua-Cleer Installation

Culligan Aqua-Cleer System

Benefits of Culligan Aqua-Cleer Advanced Drinking Water System:

  • Reduces harmful impurities that may be in your water including lead, radium, aesthetic chlorine, hexavalent chromium (chromium-6), and arsenic.
  • May save money compared to using single-serve bottles from the store.
  • Improves the taste of coffee, tea, powdered drinks, soups, and recipes.
  • Helps the environment, as less fuel is required to manufacture bottles, which reduces greenhouse gases, and fewer plastic bottles end up in landfills.
  • Optional connection to a plumbed-in, gourmet coffee maker for coffee-house-quality beverages at home.  Also optional line to ice maker.
  • Frees up valuable refrigerator space from pitchers and bottled water.

Culligan Aqua-Cleer Filterss

What We Have Noticed Since Changing to Culligan Aqua-Cleer Using Reverse Osmosis

Our drinking water tastes great now and our ice cubes are crystal clear.  We are no longer buying cases of bottled water and I use the filtered water for all cooking, coffee, tea, and to fill our pet bowls with water.  After installing the system, instead of testing at over 500 ppm of contaminants in our water, we were within the range that was expected in Phoenix with a reverse osmosis water treatment system.

Check out my video here where I conducted my first test with the new Culligan system!

The installation of the system was fast and clean, and I’d highly recommend Culligan (especially in Phoenix) to anyone looking for a better drinking alternative.

How does the water taste in your home?  Are you using a filtration system today? Visit to learn more about your drinking water, the Culligan Aqua-Cleer Reverse Osmosis System and the Culligan ClearLink Pro.

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3 thoughts on “Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

  1. My husband discovered culligan too . He wanted to have this at our home too and I will not argue him about it. Culligan is a great product and I know we’ll be able to save money from buying bottled water because of it plus, we are sure that the water we’re drinking is safe and out of bacterias causing diseases. Thanks for sharing this article.

  2. I am so happy and proud that your new Culligan Water AquaCleer unit is performing well for you. As per our demonstration those lime scale deposits on your beautiful black sink can be easily removed with a Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener. I would be honored to revisit those benefits with you again at your convenience. -Tim… your Culligan MAN !

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