Most hose ends are made of high-Lead brass.This makes them considerably unsafe for children to use, especially for drinking water.
Who doesn’t have the childhood memory of the sensation of putting their mouth up against the cool bubbling water right at the end of the hose to drink on a hot summer day? I certainly do!
When tested with an XRF instrument (for a minimum of 30 seconds), the brass end of the hose pictured here had the following readings:
- Lead (Pb): 22,300 +/- 1,000 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 512 +/- 192 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 9,409 +/- 425 ppm
[This hose-end was negative for: Cadmium, Mercury, Arsenic, Barium, Chromium and Selenium.]
The amount of Lead that is considered toxic in a newly-manufactured item intended for use by children is anything 90 ppm Lead or higher in the paint or coating or anything 100 ppm Lead or higher in the substrate (or base material) of a product.
Hoses are NOT considered to be “items intended for use by children” – and, as such, are not regulated to the same standards as items intended for children.
The good news for us (in 2019) is that there are TRULY Lead-free hoses available. You can check out this link for a discount code (just for my readers!) to a company that has American Made 00% Lead-free hoses available (including the ends and tubing.)
There is often also Lead found in the rubber or plastic hose itself (i.e. tubing material) on new (and old garden hoses). With that knowledge, I only buy hoses that are 100% Lead-free (in tubing and hardware) for my home and garden.
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