Don’t Drink The Water: Study Warns Drinking From Garden Hose

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File photo of man drinking from garden hose. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of man drinking from garden hose. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Beware of drinking from the garden hose as temperatures soar toward 100 degrees.

A new study conducted by Healthy Stuff finds drinking water from a garden hose can be dangerous to your health.

Of the 90 water hoses used in the study, all contained lead and phthalates that exceeded levels set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thirty-three percent of those hoses contained lead levels higher than the guidelines set in the federal Safe Drinking Water Standard.

The four phthalates found in the water are currently banned from being used in children’s products.

The tests also showed that the drinking water from a hose contained PVC plastic additives, which can cause birth defects, liver toxicity, and cancer.

The study suggests that you should always stay away from drinking from a hose to beat the heat, but if you need to, to always let it run for a few seconds.

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