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post #11 of 13 Old 10-02-2013, 07:08 AM
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I just bought a new garden hose for draining aquarium water that stated in the fine print not to drink from it. My assumption is it may leach chemicals not suitable for human consumption and therefore I wouldn't use it to fill the tank. If the hose is drained after each use maybe it would be ok, but I'm not willing to take the chance.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-02-2013, 08:20 AM
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I just bought a new garden hose for draining aquarium water that stated in the fine print not to drink from it. My assumption is it may leach chemicals not suitable for human consumption and therefore I wouldn't use it to fill the tank. If the hose is drained after each use maybe it would be ok, but I'm not willing to take the chance.
It's just not rated for use for drinking water, that doesn't mean that it's toxic. There are a number of reasons that a garden hose shouldn't be used for drinking water that have nothing to do with the composition of the hose. I expect that ALL garden hoses have this disclaimer somewhere in their in their documentation.

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post #13 of 13 Old 10-02-2013, 11:06 AM
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I expect that ALL garden hoses have this disclaimer somewhere in their in their documentation.

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Actually, some garden hoses state they are safe for drinking water. They tended to be more expensive and I needed one for draining only so I went with the less expensive version.
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