It’s a common childhood memory on a hot day like this, being out in the yard playing, and getting overheated and needing to cool down. One of the easiest ways was to pour cold water out of the hose over your head and then take a drink to finish the refreshing moment.
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…
- BPA (bisphenol A)
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.
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.”