|My Grandson Last Summer with the old, maybe contaminated garden hose|
Do not drink the water from this hose--It may be contaminated!
That's what it said on the tag of the new light-weight, non-kinking garden hose I bought last week. The tag was hidden and not visible until the hose was removed from its plastic packaging. I had destroyed most of the packaging while trying to get the hose out, so I decided to keep it instead of taking it back to the store. I don't know if the water may be contaminated by bacteria or the plastic that the hose is made from, or both. Maybe all new hoses have warning tags now. I made a mental note of the warning and have been happily using my new hose.
Well, TODAY IT HAPPENED! I DRANK THE WATER from the Contaminator hose! Here is how it happened; I was mixing Miracle Grow and water in my watering can and had wedged the new, soft, flexible hose up onto the awning support to make it handy to reach as I continued to mix and fill the watering can. I dilly dallied around, plucking spent blooms. Then I turned to pick up the watering can. What I failed to notice, was that I had wedged the hose into the awning support so tightly that it had blocked the hose and the pressure was building....and building......and building.....
The next thing I knew, the serpent (hose) had sprung up off the awning support and was spraying me full force right in the face. It seemed like it went on for a long time, like a cartoon cobra as it reared up off the awning support spewing a torrent of water in my face and onto my glasses. My face, bangs, and blouse were drenched. I must have had my mouth open when the torrent hit, because I swallowed a big mouth full of water. Then I was laughing out loud. Not a soul was in sight. I wish that there would have been a video of this. I am wondering just how much pressure was built up in that hose and how long, in real time, it actually hosed me in the face. It was like something from the Three Stooges, except I was the only stooge around. So far, I haven't felt any effects from the possible contamination of my big gulp of hose water.
I do like this new hose (except for the Contamination Factor). It's light weight, non-kinking, and takes up a lot less space.
This is my grandson and husband last summer with the kinder, gentler, last generation, non cobra-like hose. He was having so much fun. They both were.
Yes, he was about to drink the water. He did. We did. Everyone was fine. Bad Grandma and Grandpa.
However, with this new "Contamination Factor" hose--no more quick cold sips of hose water while watering my flowers--not on purpose, anyway.
Then again, the old hose was probably contaminated for the past twenty or so years, too. Hmm, and I always thought that water tasted really good on a hot summer day.