Culligan Gold Series Softener Awarded Consumers Digest ``Best Buy'' Endorsement

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 20, 2003--Consumers Digest magazine recently designated the Culligan Gold Series(TM) water softener as a "best buy." The full-flow one inch Power Valve meets plumbing standards and allows you to run numerous water sources simultaneously, minimizing pressure loss and maintaining flow rate. And Culligan's revolutionary Quadra-Hull(R) tank design lends a whole new level of dependability to consumers.

According to the Consumers Digest article, the Culligan Gold Series(TM) is "the standard for premium softeners...Its 'Quadra-Hull' tank has four layers that resist rust and corrosion, so much so that the tank carries a limited lifetime warranty. The 'Accusoft(R) Plus' microprocessor offers precise regulation. Varying tank sizes allow customization to the homeowner's particular needs. The optional 'Aqua-Sensor(R)' monitors the chemistry of the tank so it regenerates only when needed. Culligan trains its own service technicians and performs its own installation." (August 2003)

"The Consumers Digest's Best Buy endorsement is synonymous with quality and value," explained David Mehrbrodt, executive vice president marketing for Culligan's Consumer and Commercial Group. "Awards like this, coupled with the powerful Good Housekeeping Seal and Culligan's 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee, make choosing Culligan easy for every water conditioning need."

What's so great about softened water? Just look at the benefits:

-- Helps appliances run more efficiently. The result? You can save a lot of money on water heating bills!

-- Increases water flow. Condition the water and stop contaminants before they collect in your pipes.

-- Makes household cleaning less expensive. Less soap scum and scaling makes cleaning easier, and decreases the amount of costly detergents required.

-- Reduces soapy residues on clothes and skin. Conditioned water helps make hair look shinier and skin cleaner, and clothes look, feel and wear better.

Visit for more information about Culligan's water softeners, whole house water filters, reverse osmosis (RO) drinking water systems and the only national brand of delivered bottled water.

Among the most widely recognized brand names in America, Culligan has been manufacturing and distributing water conditioning products for household and commercial use worldwide since 1936. Culligan's network of dealerships worldwide is committed to delivering superior customer satisfaction and water expertise. For information about water quality and hydration, call your local dealership, or 1-800-CULLIGAN, or visit Culligan's Web site at