Culligan International Company Recognizes the Actions of Its Employees And Independent Dealers in Wake of National Tragedy

From Delivery of Water to Volunteering in the Relief Efforts at 'Ground Zero,'

Culligan Got Involved

Oct 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Culligan International Company

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Like the rest of the country,
 Culligan employees and Culligan dealers, were devastated as they watched the
 events of September 11 unfold.  While many could only watch, the Culligan
 family responded, doing all that they could to help the rescuers and victims
 in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania cope with the devastation.
 Culligan employees nationwide made a difference, through the Culligan dealers
 working with national, state and local relief agencies to coordinate the
 delivery of hundreds of thousands of bottles of water to the attack sites; the
 employees at our company-owned dealer locations in the New York area who
 double as volunteer firefighters, giving of their time to assist in recovery
 efforts at "ground zero;" the drivers of Culligan water trucks, who, while
 being escorted by police to the rescue sites, stopped to provide cases of
 water each time they saw a weary firefighter, police officer, or relief
 worker; or the thousands of employees at Culligan throughout the country, who
 are simply opening their wallets to contribute to relief funds, or taking the
 time to donate blood.
     "We are devastated by the cowardly attacks on America and freedom
 everywhere and are very proud of the actions of each of our employees and
 independent dealers," noted Mike Reardon, president of Culligan International
 Company.  Our Culligan dealers, both company-owned and independent, get
 involved whenever major events occur in their communities.  Never have I seen
 the Culligan family unite so quickly under a common goal -- to do good in the
 face of such evil.  Our organization is comprised of very special people."
     Today, nearly a month following the attacks, Culligan employees and
 dealers continue to work towards helping in the recovery efforts.  Since
 September 11, Culligan dealerships in the disaster areas have focused many of
 their operational resources on disaster relief and have, to date, delivered
 more than 350,000 bottles of water.  They continue to work with relief
 agencies, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Guard,
 Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), NYC Emergency Services, and
 state and local fire and police departments to ensure continuous delivery of
 water resources to the relief sites on an as-needed basis.
     Vivendi Environnement (NYSE:   VE), parent company of USFilter and Culligan,
 donated a fully equipped rescue vehicle to the New York Fire Department as
 part of Vivendi Environment's New York Stock Exchange listing on Friday,
 Oct. 5. The new "pumper unit" will replace one of the rescue vehicles lost
 during the events of September 11 at the World Trade Center.
     To further assist in the relief efforts, Vivendi Universal (NYSE:   VU), has
 contributed $5 million to The September 11th Fund.  In addition, the
 organization is matching employee contributions to the fund on a two-to-one
 basis.  For more information on The September 11th Fund, visit
     Culligan manufactures and distributes bottled water and water treatment
 products for retail, household, and commercial applications worldwide.  A
 division of USFilter that comprises global water and wastewater treatment
 leader Vivendi Water, Culligan is among the most widely recognized brand names
 in the world, having been in business since 1936.  Vivendi Water is owned by
 Vivendi Environnement, which is the largest environmental services company in
 the world with annual revenues of more than $23 billion.  For more
 information, Culligan invites you to visit its website at
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