We came across an article from ABC. They tested 10 hoses from major retailers off their shelves. The results weren’t good.
Five of the 10 hoses came back with levels of lead higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for drinking water: 15 parts per billion. Four of those came back with extremely high lead levels.
And this isn’t a case of poorly managed international trade regulations. Most the hoses I looked at were made in the USA. Lead and all.
We traded out our hose at Ace for one without lead in it. We don’t like advertising for anyone, but this seems to be more about safety than advertising. Other places might have them too, but either way, find out what’s in your hose.