Is drinking from a garden hose safe for children?

WXYZPublished: August 25, 2017
Published: August 25, 2017

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic wanted to know if drinking from a garden hose was safe. It's something people have done for years. But, it looks like it carries some serious risks. "Probably the biggest risk is some of the chemicals that are in the water itself. Many garden hoses are not made for drinking water and so they'll release lead, they will release different chemicals in the plastics, much like a lot of the plastics that have been banned in kids' products," Dr. Dan Allan said. Some of those chemicals include BPA or PVC, poly vinyl chloride.

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