Water Contaminants

Does your water contain lead, arsenic or other invisible contaminants?

WATER CONTAMINANTS 101

Some of the most dangerous water contaminants have no taste, smell or appearance. Others are more obvious, rendering your water unpleasant to drink, or use for cooking and bathing. Learn more about common water contaminants and contact your local Culligan Man for testing and water treatment options.

Arsenic enters the water supply through its natural presence in bedrock, or as an industrial byproduct. The most concerning health risk posed by arsenic is low-level, long-term exposure via drinking water, and as a result, the possibility of increased occurrences of cancer and other health problems.
The taste and smell of chlorine are unappealing and can also dry out your skin and hair. While municipalities use chlorine to disinfect the water supply, it should be filtered out before you use it to eliminate harmful/annoying effects.
Raw water comes into your home with any number of impurities that can cause turbidity. Tiny particles of clay can hang in suspension, giving the water an unpleasing cloudy appearance or cause your water to have a milky color.
Lead seeps into the water supply from the lead pipes, solder and fixtures used extensively across the United States. There is no safe level of lead exposure, especially for children, who can suffer harmful and potentially chronic effects ranging from stomach pain to brain damage.
Magnesium is a mineral that enters water when rain soaks into the ground, running through sand, soil, and rock. The presence of magnesium creates hard water. Although this is not a direct health hazard, magnesium in water can cause buildup in pipes, shortened life spans for your appliances, increased soap and detergent use, dry skin, dull hair, and spotted dishes.
Nitrates are essential for food, flowers and greener lawns, which makes them a major ingredient in most fertilizers. Although nitrates are naturally occurring in soil, overuse of fertilizer is the largest cause of contamination. Nitrates spread on lawns and fields can move quickly through soil and grow more concentrated in groundwater, creating potential health risks for everyone, especially infants and pregnant women.
PFOA and PFOS are artificial chemicals that were widely used in the manufacturing of industrial and consumer products until the year 2000. Prior to phasing them out of production, PFOA and PFOS were released into the environment and contaminated drinking water supplies, especially near manufacturing sites. The presence of these chemicals in drinking water may result in health issues including developmental effects, cancer, liver damage, immune disorders and thyroid imbalance.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that exists due to the radioactive decay of uranium, a common element in our bedrock that can cause cancer. Radon gas dissolves into groundwater and then is released into the air when a faucet is turned on in your home or office.

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I moved in to a new apartment community in August of 2019. I could immediately tell the water in Maple Grove was very hard and contained a lot of deposits. Tap water tasted "off", dishes were chalky and had residue and detergents and soaps did not foam at all! Yikes!!I called for a consult and Scott Smith came out promptly and tested/evaluated the water quality. Unfortunately, being in an apartment without my own water hook up/access, there was nothing that could be done to treat the water. I did immediately sign up for drinking water to be delivered! The water cooler and bottles were delivered promptly the next day! I was extremely pleased and have had prompt and courteous monthly deliveries for over a year now. I just met my route driver today for the first time ~ Mike Gab ~ due to Covid restrictions and busy schedules. He has consistently corresponded with me via text to verify the amount of water I needed and to be sure my service is up to my expectations. I did meet Mike's substitute driver in December - Jordan - when he brought my water and the new cooler the company OFFERED to swap out at the one year mark for a new one. Good preventative maintenance idea! Jordan was very friendly and informative despite having the additional coverage for a vacationing co-worker. Thank you! And last, BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, the office staff in Brooklyn Park answering the phone inquiries are awesome! Always friendly and knowledgeable, they can, and do, answer all service related questions. I want to especially recognize Andrea for helping with several specific service questions I had last month. She answered everything quickly and accurately while offering to obtain additional information when needed. Exceptional customer service should always be recognized since it is not something experienced every day. Thank you everyone at Culligan Water for making my overall experience very positive! Have a great 2021!
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