“When it’s scorching hot out this summer, you may want to think twice before drinking from the garden hose.
A new study released by the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, M.I., on HealthyStuff.org found that the water from common garden hoses is chock full of toxic materials that could harm the human body.”
These opening lines from Allie Compton’s article for Huffpost Green only scratch the surface. She goes on to explain that garden hoses, not intended to transport drinking water, are chalk full of toxic compounds from elevated levels of lead to the dreaded BPA and other plasticizers known to disrupt hormones, especially in the young. 
This summer, plan on staying hydrated,  but be certain that hydration is coming from a safe source. Also, keep in mind that using a garden hose to water vegetable gardens will transfer toxic water from the hose to the plants you are harvesting food from! Make sure your family knows that the hose isn’t a drinking fountain! Other ways to reduce toxic exposure is to find a hose that is labeled as drinking water safe or wait to take a sip until the water runs cold (the hot water that’s been stewing in the hose since last use is highest in levels of dangerous chemicals). Keeping a big jug of ice water or Endura outside where it’s accessible while you’re in the garden or while the kiddos are playing in the sprinkler is probably the safest way to stay hydrated during outdoor activities. Stay hydrated, stay healthy, stay away from the garden hose!

 

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