HOW SAFE ARE HOSEPIPES?
Hoses used to carry potable water are typically made of NSF International-listed polymers tested and shown not to leach harmful materials into the drinking water, such as the plasticizers (phthalates) used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC, or vinyl) hoses. Recent studies have shown that drinking from a garden hose can cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.
Garden hoses are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which monitors the nation's public drinking supply. The study's findings showed that levels of lead in water coming from garden hoses have exceeded legal safe levels 100 percent of the time.
All health professionals agree that even small amounts of lead can lead to health problems if repeatedly ingested over time. Once lead is in the human system it takes a long time to get rid of. Most people who’ve investigated the lead content in water from garden hoses agree that lead does leach out, so you probably shouldn’t ever drink from a hose. Even watering your garden with a hose containing lead can lead to eventual exposure.
Having a garden hose at home is convenient, especially when you want to extend your faucet. Of course, the safety of your family should always be your utmost priority. Investing in a garden hose that is labeled "drinking water safe" will keep your precious family safe.
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