Culligan History

Culligan has been improving water for over 80 years.

The Story Behind Water Softening

Since 1921, the Culligan name has been synonymous with better water. Learn more about our innovative, exciting beginning.
1921
Early Softener
Emmett Culligan builds a homemade water softener using two coffee cans and zeolite sand.
1936
Culligan Water Company
Culligan opens in Northbrook, Illinois.
1938
Portable Exchange Softener
Culligan introduces the portable exchange (PE) water softener by innovating lightweight tanks and carts.
1942
World War II
The government asks Culligan to produce silica gel, used to dehumidify moisture sensitive equipment.
1953
Hey Culligan Man!
The "Hey, Culligan Man" concept is conceived.
1961
25th Anniversary
Culligan celebrates its 25th anniversary. Northbrook, Illinois temporarily renames itself "Culliganville."
1966
Culligan Expands International
The International convention was held in Berlin and welcomed 250 delegates from 19 countries.
1967
Drinking Water System
Culligan introduces the first mass-produced reverse osmosis water treatment system.
1986
50th Anniversary
Culligan celebrates 50 years in business.
1988
Bottled Water
Culligan made its move into bottled water for home and office, adding bottle delivery for customers.
2003
Consumer Digest Best Buy
The Gold softener sets new efficiency standards and becomes Culligan’s highest volume softener.
2008
Aqua Cleer Launched
The Aqua Cleer RO has more than 100 configurations that allow customization for most water conditions.
2010
HE Softeners and Filters
Culligan releases the the Culligan® HE, the World’s most efficient water softener.
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What Clients Say
Excellent company and the person sent to service our older water softening system was quick and honest. We called Culligan's to come out and take a look at our water softening system, which hadn't been functioning since we moved in 5 years ago. They originally installed it, so they had our address already in their system with the water softener details on file. I was told there would be a trip fee of $145, plus whatever parts or extra service was needed at the time of the appointment. I was fine with that. Day of the appointment the service guy called me first thing in the morning and advised that he'd be at my house between 1:30PM-3:00PM. We had our back gate open from a different service and figured he would knock on the door when he got here. At about 5:00PM with no knock or call, I text the guy and he calls back immediately. It turns out that he was here at 2PM and because the gate was open, went directly to the water softener. He inspected it, ran a test, added some salt, and then performed a complete system restart on it. And then he left. He never knocked or called because the scope of the work was so minor that he felt it didn't warrant a full service call, so the didn't charge us. I cannot convey how much I appreciate his integrity! I also asked him whether he felt the system needed to be replaced, and he didn't try to sell me on a new system! The advice was that yes, the system is older but it functioned perfectly fine and didn't warrant replacement. It is so refreshing to encounter that level of honesty in a company and service person. Due to that alone, I would highly recommend using Culligan of Tucson if you need anything to do with water softeners!
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