You can cleanse hoses of bacteria but it's not easy. You cannot cleanse them of PVC, phthalates and other carcinogens because it's the very material they're made of.
While these materials are not new, we come into contact daily with so many other items that are potential carcinogens that it's appropriate to be concerned about the overall concentration being of concern compared to the 60s. For example, the inside of that car from the 60s made of metal and fabric is now mostly plastic releasing toxic materials. Paints, lubricants, personal care products, insecticides, the list goes on.
On the other hand, people certainly were dying in the 60s of deadly bacteria, cancer, etc. I'm not a student of bacteria but I certainly remember many common carcinogens in the 1960s such as asbestos, tobacco, Alar, DDT, etc. You ask how we survived the 1960s? Many people didn't.
Gosh if hoses have so many dangers, how did we survive the 1960s? Actually, I share the caution now of drinking from the hose. Water sits in them for days and all the bad stuff just loves to grow there. Isn't there a way to purge them before use?
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
Oh wow.. i didn't even know they were doing this!!! I better start going prepared and jus BYOW as MB said hehe I'm really hooked on this Le Vai alkaline water anyway... i drink it pretty much every day and ever since i switched 8 mos ago i do notice a difference in reduced muscle soreness and just generally feel better hydrated. Never read anything negative on it and I prefer it, so next time I think I'll jus be taking a bottle of that on me.
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I'm in charge of the water stops at an annual race here in Montgomery County, MD, home of NIH, HHS, and many other health-related agencies. So we've looked into this topic pretty thoroughly (because many of our runners were from these very agencies and were happy to do the analysis :-). The bottom line is that the trash bags are not a problem.
But garden hoses are a problem. These can harbor bacteria, phthalates, PVC, and other unsafe substances even after cleaning. You should only use hoses labeled "drinking water safe" and they should be cleaned appropriately.
You didn't say from where the hoses are getting their water. But that's important too. We get ours from hydrants that draw from the same potable water source as residential taps.
Also, all volunteers should wear gloves (latex, etc.) - it is all too common for volunteer fingers to sneak into the cups as they're being held out for runners.
If you see (or know) that these measures are not being taken, you are wise to skip the water stops.
I've seen this at a few races and no one has ever gotten sick that I know of. I've never gotten sick from it. I did come back from a run once and lay down in the sprinklers! I didn't drink from them, but laid on the grass and it was wonderful.
Each of is an athlete, some are just in training.
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Did a 5 mile race this morning and had fun. Was a little iffy by what I saw at the water stops. As it was sponsored by a newspaper, there were tons of photos online. Photos make it pretty clear how the water stops worked:
A garden hose came out to the street. A 55 gallon trash can was lined with a black trash bag. The can was filled with water from the hose, then a pitcher was dipped in the can and used to fill paper cups on the table.
Between the garden hose and the trash liner in a trash can I'm glad I only took 1 sip at one water stop and skipped the other 2. Do I have any reason to be concerned from a health standpoint?
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