Answer: Good question! The lead is probably in the plasticizer in the hose. It shouldn't leach out to any great extent. The caution label is to remind people not to fill the hose with water, allow it to set in the sunshine for hours and then drink the water out of the hose. Soaker hoses are manufactured for use in vegetable gardens but if you feel uneasy about using that particular brand, you can exchange it for one that does not contain lead.
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