Is It Okay To Drink From A Garden Hose?

 

gardenhose9Drinking out of the garden hose is something many of us did as kids to beat the heat.

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However, according to Dan Allan, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic, drinking from the hose carries some significant risks, and is something parents should try and steer their children away from.

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“”We’’ve learned some things more recently that would certainly talk about the risks,”” says Dr. Allan. “”Probably the biggest risk is some of the chemicals that are in the water itself.””

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Such chemicals include BPA (Bisphenol A) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which have both been banned from children’s products.

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Dr. Allan says these types of chemicals have been linked to cancer, hormone problems and developmental problems in children.

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“”If there’’s lead – that can lead to a host of neurological problems – so there are a lot of things to be concerned about,”” says Dr. Allan.

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While skipping sips from the garden hose all together is the best way to prevent problems, there are some measures parents can take if they just can’t keep kids away.

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Dr. Allan says some hoses are made without harmful chemicals, and are marked as such.

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He says the hose fixture matters as well. Brass fixtures, for example, release lead which will contribute to health risks.

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If drinking out of the garden hose is unavoidable, the best thing to do is to let the water run for a few minutes before taking a drink.

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Doing so will flush out water near the top of the hose that could be contaminated with lead, mold or bacteria.

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Dr. Allan also says to make sure the hose is stored properly.

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“If the hose sits in the sun or is stored in the sun, it will release a lot more chemicals,”” adds Dr. Allan. “

“If you’re going to use a hose for drinking, certainly it should be safe, but store it out of the sun because the sun’s heat will release the chemicals.””

 

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You can find a variety of chemical free garden hoses on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Water-Right-Polyurethane-Drinking-Fittings/dp/B003P9XAAA

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blog contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

 

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