I got an email from The Clean Water Pipe Council, an advocacy group focusing on the risks associated with PVC and drinking water.
On the homepage you’ll find a cute picture of a girl drinking from a hose. Then you read under it the warning tag that came with the hose: “WARNING: This garden hose made from PVC contains lead. Do not drink water from it and wash your hands after handling it.”
Suddenly the picture is now scary and upsetting.
I’ve written about lead in toys. Christmas tree lights. Cords. Bibs. But I hadn’t thought of the #%^%$ garden hose. Of course it makes sense, it is that same bendable plastic, the same PVC that pops up everywhere and is likely to carry lead.
It shouldn’t be this way. We shouldn’t have to worry about every product in our home, if it contains poison to harm our children.