I have been reading your forum in an attempt to learn more about EPDM and what contaminants various formulations might leach to water. Please forgive me for not being an engineer and posting this to your forum. I'm desperate for knowledgeable help and I don't know who to ask.
To begin, I'm 6 months pregnant. To my horror, I recently learned that for the first 5 months of my pregnancy and the year before, the 6-8 glasses of water I drank at work every day reached the faucet by a 200 ft EPDM hose that sat on a sunny hillside. According to the manufacturer, this hose is not intended for potable water. The hose was quietly installed after the main water pipe broke and management decided not to spend any more money on this site. Now I'm very concerned that possible contaminants could have affected my child. I would like to ask for appropriate testing.
After I complained, my employer rashly had an (unrepresentative) sample tested for phthalates and BPA. But from what I've recently learned, BPA and phthalates are very unlikely to be found in EPDM anyway.
Please correct me if what I'm saying is wrong. EPDM formulations typically seem to include:
-- raw polymer
-- filler (?carbon black)
-- softener (?paraffinic oil)
-- vulcanization agents (?sulfur type)
-- other things?
From what I read, EPDM is seen as a pretty safe material but should I be concerned about contaminants considering water sometimes sat over a weekend on a sunny hillside? If so, what contaminants would be appropriate to look for in the water?
I don't have a chemistry background so I can only guess.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be a huge help to me. Thank you.