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Be Careful: Your Garden Hose Might Be Contaminating Your Food

Chemicals in Garden Hose

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  • Garden hoses are not intended for drinking water, so there are no regulations about what kinds of chemicals can be in them
  • One-third of the hoses tested contained high levels of one or more chemicals of concern, including phthalates, bisphenol-A (BPA), flame retardants, and heavy metals
  • When water from a hose that was left out in the sun was tested, it contained BPA levels up to nine times higher, and phthalate levels two times higher, than federal drinking water standards
  • Look for garden hoses made from natural rubber or labeled “drinking water safe” or at least “lead free”
  • You can significantly reduce your toxicant exposure via your garden hose by letting the water run until it’s cold before using it

By Dr. Mercola

Do you have childhood memories of playing outside during the summer and taking cool drinks of water from the garden hose? Many people do, and most parents probably think nothing of it, but it's vitally important that you avoid drinking out of the hose.


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