Three Reasons Why You Should Not Drink from a Garden Hose

Perhaps you have heard of the phrase "drinking from the firehose". It means being overwhelm or inundated with intense activity. Obviously not a good idea to drink from a firehose.

But did you know that you should not drink from a garden hose either? That's right. Next time when you purchase a new garden hose, you might see such as warning to say that it is not for drinking purposes.


1. Contains Lead

Garden hoses are not designed for drinking. So it may likely contain chemicals in amount that exceed that safe limits for drinking water. Lead for example is one.

New York Times writes that study found that two-thirds of the various consumer products tested (including garden hoses) contained levels of one or more chemicals in excess of standards set. And 30 percent of those product tested exceed the safety limit of 100 parts per million for children's product.

The article writes ...

"the research team left a section of garden hose filled with water out in the sun over multiple days. When the water was tested it was found to exceed federal standards for safe drinking water for several chemicals — including four times the standard considered safe for phthalates, 18 times that for lead and 20 times that for BPA."

2. Bacteria

A garden hose out in the lawn where bugs crawl and out in the hot sun is a perfect environment for microbes, including bacteria. Always let out all of the water from the hose during storage (and preferably store in a shady location). Bacteria can grow in standing water.

Every time you use the hose, you might want to let run out the first bit of water out first.

3. BPA in garden hoses

BPA are used in many vinyl garden hoses. When a research team fill a hose and left out in the sun for three days, the BPA leaked into the water. The water contain 20 times more BPA that what would be allowed in drinking water. And it contain 4 times more phthalates than drinking water standards.

BPA are Bisphenol A and are a hormone disruptor. They have been shown to bind to thyroid hormone receptors and perhaps affect thyroid functions.

That is why consumers are always looking for BPA-free plastic bottles. Similarly avoid PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) garden hoses.

So now you know why not drink from garden hose.

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Georgie Lowery 3 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

Oh man. When we were kids, we spent all summer long drinking from the garden hose! I'm glad I turned out (semi) okay. Thanks for the warning!

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hunysukle 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

Good to know! Thanks for sharing

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soconfident 3 years ago

I wish I had known this when I was a child. That's all me and my friends did right after playing in the sun all summer.

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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Great tips.


Voted up as useful and interesting :)

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BlissfulWriter 3 years ago Author

Thanks for all the comments and voting up.

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