Spending time in your garden on a hot summer day. You are parched, tired, and not yet done with the are needed to be watered. You need some water to drink, but hey, water is flowing right in front of you. A tempting offer. But you have been warned before now.
So what should you know about drinking from a garden hose? First, you actually know to hold a hose and a hose reel. If you need to know more about hoses, contact us.
It is always good to step back and analyze a situation no matter how tempting the offer may seem. The more tempting the offer, the more analysis the situation needs.
Some may see drinking from a hose to be harmless fun or as a necessity just because they are too tired to go back into the house to get a glass of drinkable water.
You may also wonder why there is so much warning about drinking water when water is life and there are far more dangerous diseases out there. How dangerous could drinking water from a hose be?
The Danger Behind the Drink
Do not drink water from a hose. A warning you might have read about, heard people talk about, heard on the news, or have received from a close friend or relative.
Even though people may discard the warnings to not drink water from a running hose, you should not. This is because the warning is based on scientific facts.
The plumbing in your home is designed to deliver safe drinking water to you. It is quite different from what the hose is designed to do.
The hose unlike your indoor plumbing is not designed to deliver drinkable water. This makes it a bad choice to drink water from a hose.
The Toxic Hose
The hose can easily carry bacteria and mold. It can even sometimes have other living things that may occasionally crawl inside through the openings. But if that is not the worst part, what is?
You guessed right. Toxic chemicals.
Bromine, organotin, Lead, phthalates, and bisphenol-A (BPA) are among the chemicals that can get into your body when you drink water from a hose.
Toxic chemicals like phthalates, Lead and BPA are used to stabilize plastics, and these are also present in hoses.
Polyvinyl chloride, the most common plastic is capable of releasing vinyl chloride which is toxic to the human body.
Some other toxic chemicals like bromine and antimony are used as major components of flame retardant chemicals.
A study conducted in Ann Arbor found that 100% of the garden hoses they tested had Lead levels that exceeded the safety level that was set by the Safe Drinking Water Act.
About half of those hoses had antimony which is somehow linked to organ damage, while a third of them had organotin. Organotin affects the endocrine system.
These hoses were randomly selected and had phthalates which can cause changes in behavior, and lower intelligence.
If a person keeps drinking from a hose after several warnings, it’s not the phthalates working. You can wipe the thought from your head now.
The warning is clear, but the real work comes when you have to apply the knowledge you now have. Is the water from the hose still tempting? The sun is still hot.
Please take some time off, go into the building and get some clean drinking water.