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    Thread: Is it safe to use a garden hose to fill pond?

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      Is it safe to use a garden hose to fill pond?

      When I do a water change on my pond, I always use the garden hose to fill it after adding Safe to dechlorinate the water, but I read that you aren't supposed to drink out of garden hoses, but I read that they aren't safe for drinking water because they can contain lead, so does this mean it isn't fish safe? I'm doing a water change on my pond right now, and I'm filling it with the garden hose. I hope that isn't bad for the fish.

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      If you are concerned just flush for a few seconds and then use the hose. Studies have shown highest concentrations of chemicals after sitting in hot sun and no or extremely low detected chemicals after flushing. If you are really concerned buy drinking water grade hose but personally I'd still flush if sitting in hot sun.

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      Hi James,
      We had water main work done in our neighborhood this summer. While they worked on the main they hooked us using a temporary line to the house. This final stretch of the temporary line is 50 feet of garden hose. Every house in the neighborhood had to go this way for 2-3 months. I am sure if it was not safe someone would have demanded they use something else.
      So I think there is nothing to worry about.

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      I suspect that technically the claims are correct, or at least I didn't see anything refuting them
      specifically. But like many other things like this on the internet, it doesn't say how much would take
      to harm you (or the fish). Most claims have to due with humans so I suspect you'd have to consume
      an absurd amount of water before you'd actually have a hint of the terrible things they say would
      happen. Fish are probably even less effected. Like others have said, I'd guess there are a lot of other
      things to worry about than the water coming out of your hose.
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      I drink out of the water hose and fill the ponds with it
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      I have used hose to fill my ponds for years. One year I bought a new hose. It had an odd smell and caused foam formation during the filling of the pond. I think it was one of the ones that has been treated with some form of fungicide to keep it from developing nasties while sitting in the hot sun. I moved that hose to the front flower beds and got out an older hose that did not give the chemical smell when I tried to use it.

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      I drank out of the hose all growing up and into my 20s. I'm just fine. *twitch* lol
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      Quote Originally Posted by ademink View Post
      I drank out of the hose all growing up and into my 20s. I'm just fine. *twitch* lol
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