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Warning Lead in Garden Hoses

By May 21, 2009

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Henry the Hose Loving Dog
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Ok, there are some scary things out there - even in garden-land. The New York Times published a very sobering article on lead in garden soil.

I was surprised that they didn't even touch on my up-in-the-middle-of-the-night obsession which is the very dangerous issue of lead in garden hoses. Water sitting in a garden hose that has been left in the sun can contain a level of lead that 100 times over what is deemed acceptable.

The good news is that you can buy "drink safe," hoses which are completely lead free. The great news is that Gardeners Supply now carries lightweight, drink-safe hoses in green and purple.

I don't know what makes it so satisfying, but drinking out of a hose really is one of life's great, small pleasures.

Comments

May 25, 2009 at 12:55 am
(1) MrBrownThumb says:

I’m sure it is just my ignorance but I never would have thought about lead in garden hoses. As a kid I can’t count the number of times while running in or out of the house during the summer I didn’t pick up the hose and took a drink from it. On second thought, maybe that explains a lot of my problems. Hmmm.

May 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm
(2) Starrpoint says:

I have to agree, I have often, as a child done this, and I know my pets loved playing water tag!

This is rather icky when you think about it. And I am sure the regs say these are “safe levels” and that the water is not ment to be drunk and all that nonesense. Sure, one does will not kill you, but you don’t get one dose. But if you are spraying it on your plants, it builds up. Over the course of the summer, that is a lot of lead.

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