Is it safe to drink water from a garden hose?

Is it safe to drink water from a garden hose?

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Most of us did it when we were kids, but is drinking water straight from the gardening hose really a good way to beat the summer heat?

New developments show that there are significant risks that come with drinking from a hose that many may not have considered.

Dr. Dan Allan from the Cleveland Clinic said, ""We've learned some things more recently that would certainly talk about the risks. Probably the biggest risk is some of the chemicals that are in the water itself."

According to the Cleveland Clinic, some of the chemicals that have been found in water from a hose can be linked to cancer and developmental problems in children. BPA, or Bisphenol A, and PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, are both banned from children's products, but have been found in hose water.

Another concern is the presence of lead.

"If there's lead – that can lead to a host of neurological problems – so there are a lot of things to be concerned about," said Dr. Allan.

There are certain hoses that can be used that will help eliminate some of those chemicals. The hose fixtures are also a factor. Some brass fixtures can relese lead into the water and contribute to health risks.

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

He also suggested letting the hose flush out for a few minutes before taking a drink if necessary. That should flush out some of the water that could be contaminated with lead, mold, or bacteria.

Think twice before taking a sip from the hose or allowing your kids to cool down with a gulp.

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