We All Drank Water From The Garden Hose — How Unsafe Is It?

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Remember when you were little and used to drink the water straight from the garden hose during the summertime? We all did it! There’s just something about garden hose water, right? Everyone in our 1970s DYR Facebook group all seems to agree that drinking water from that source as a kid was one of the best highlights of the summer season!

“I DID AND IT WAS SOOOOO COLD AND GOOD! AND IF I WAS THIRSTY WOULD DO IT AGAIN!” someone comments enthusiastically. “Still do, better than bottled water,” another person adds. Another comment that earned some ‘laugh reacts’ was “Yep, still do. You just let it run for a minute…Then again, maybe that’s how some people got cancer.”

We All Drank Water From The Garden Hose — How Unsafe Is It?
Garden hose water / pxfuel

You may recall your parents telling you to stop drinking from the garden hose because it’s “bad for you.” Well, just how unsafe is it? MakeFoodSafe.com details why exactly drinking water from the hose is unsafe and what it contains that makes it unsafe to drink. It contains toxic materials such as…

  • Lead
  • Antimony
  • Bromine
  • Organotin
  • Phthalates
  • BPA (bisphenol A)

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The FDA reports that some of the materials in this such may cause issues on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children. A study from the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, M.I. also finds that lead levels exceeded the safety limits set by the Safe Water Drinking Act in every hose they tested. Additionally, 100 percent of the garden hoses sampled contained several plasticizers that are actually banned in children’s products.

We All Drank Water From The Garden Hose — How Unsafe Is It?
Drinking from the garden hose / Amazon

Despite all of these present materials, a Huffington Post article says, “Though you’d likely have to drink a fair amount of affected garden hose water to see health consequences, the Ecology Center warns that even low levels of lead may create health problems.

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