I was bebopping around the net EARLY this morning..as usual, and stumbled across a webpage blog thingy where the people said they read the label on a new hose they were buying for their yard. Water hose. The label had a warning on it (hose was Black and Decker) that one should NOT drink water from the hose because it had chemicals in the rubber that could cause cancer and other ailments. They didn't buy it because it was to be used to water their veggie garden, to fill up the animals troughs, and their dogs loved playing and gulping the water from the hose. Sorry I don't have the link, but I thought I would give a heads up to read labels on any garden hoses you may be considering buying.