June 12, 2021 Update:
- It is my understanding that Water Right is not currently selling the 100% Lead-Free version of these hoses (the ones with the stainless steel ends that I originally tested and discussed on this post).
- It is also my understanding that the hoses Water Right is selling at this time are non-leaching for Lead (that the brass end caps of their otherwise Lead-free hoses have Lead (at apprx. 1,000 ppm, based on their statements), but that they are plated in a manner that prevents them from leaching).
So one the one hand, by Lead Safe Mama standards, this can no longer be identified as a truly “100% Lead-free” product (the technically accurate advertising claim might be “Lead-safe“); however this is still likely one of the safer choices available today (likely on par with or better than marine/RV hoses for drinking water delivery in those applications).
I’ll say it again – I hate recommending products!
This is a really good example as to why I really don’t like recommending products… because companies can [for a number of reasons] change their component formulation over time, and my readers may not necessarily read the full post with all the details regarding the specifics of a recommendation [in this case, the clear caveat that I only ever recommended the specific Water Right products I actually tested and wrote abut — the Water Right products that had stainless steel ends].
My readers expect only recommendations from me for truly Lead-free products, and I try to be quite strict about this. My husband has some other considerations he would also like to share (continue reading below the image.)
I have also e-mailed Water Right asking them to confirm this and am awaiting their response. I will update this post with their response as soon as I hear from them. My e-mail from earlier today is below.
June 12, 2021: Comments from Leonard Rubin (Tamara’s Husband):
I share Tamara’s commitment to eliminating Lead from consumer products — not only because of the obvious direct hazards to the health of the end user that many products incorporating Lead pose, but also for the less-obvious “hidden”-yet-disastrous cradle-to-grave environmental impact of the continued mining, refining, and manufacturing of Lead/products incorporating Lead.
That said, I am generally impressed with Water Right’s history of endeavoring to make higher-quality, less-toxic, and more durable hoses. Their polyurethane hose material is particularly appealing, and while I prefer the use of stainless steel to even “non-Leaded” [U.S. regulatory doublespeak for low-Lead-content] brass, as a mechanic and fabricator myself, I do understand the formidable challenges of producing affordable, watertight/weatherproof, non-galling, non-toxic threaded fittings in materials other than brass!
Absent any available alternative for the time-being, I think the use of fittings that are “heavily-plated, lowest-Lead-content-brass-we-can-source” — and which, critically, are “tested and confirmed to be non-leaching” seems like a reasonable step in the right direction.
I do not know what the specific issue was that prompted Water Right to apparently eliminate their stainless steel fittings option, but on principal — from the perspective of being committed to eliminating as much Lead from our environment as possible, I would sincerely hope to see the company again offer an option [at a higher price, justifiably] for stainless steel (or some other truly 100% Lead-free) hose fittings, however.
I also agree with Tamara that it is really imperative that companies — especially those developing & marketing their products as high-end, less-toxic/safer alternatives — rigorously and explicitly describe what they are and are not able to achieve at every step of the way, and take every pain to avoid creating misleading impressions and/or unfulfilled expectations by failing to distinguish “100% Lead-free” from non–leaching/Lead-safe.
Maybe Water Right could adjust the language on their website to something along the lines of… “our polyurethane hose-material is 100% Lead-free; all our hardware is made from Lead-safe non-leaching heavily-nickel-plated so-called ‘Lead-free’ brass* [*an unfortunately rather misleading industry term for brass that has a much lower Lead content than the very-high Lead content brass commonly used in most hose fittings”.]
Original post (edited to remove discount code and graphics with Lead-free references): Published June 27, 2018
I have tested three examples of the Water Right hoses (the models with the stainless components) and confirmed that all components of these hoses are 100% Lead-free.* I love this product so much I am personally using one in my home/ for my garden. June 2018 note: I have not yet tested their brass hose end components, but will update this post as soon as I have done that.
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*When tested with an XRF instrument/ within the testing limitations of an XRF instrument. XRF instruments test down to single digit parts per million (ppm) when testing for Lead.