New report says that it’s likely "okay" to drink from your hose, but there are "rules"
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A report from the Cleveland Clinic released on Thursday might answer an important question for those with outdoor plans.
Should you drink from the garden hose? Or rather, is it okay to do so?
While watering the garden or washing the car, many drink from the hose.
The report determined that what the hose was made of could make a difference.
Hoses can be made with chemicals, including Bisphenol A (BPA) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Researchers say that to reduce the risk of ingesting something unwanted, look for hoses made from polyurethane or natural rubber, which will not release any chemicals.
The results don't take into account how often or how much someone is drinking from the hose. If one does not drink from it on a regular basis there is nothing to worry about then. It is never suggested you do so as a regular habit.
It's also suggested to let the hose run for a few minutes before drinking from it. That can help contaminated water escape.