Learning About Lead

Lead Service Lines

Lead Service Lines

Despite the quality of our water sources and the effectiveness of our treatment process, lead can get into a home’s drinking water through lead service lines – with a few exceptions, most were installed in homes build before 1930 – or through home plumbing systems that contain lead. In 1986, lead pipes were banned in the United States and plumbing materials were required to meet federal “lead-free” specifications, so people in older homes are at higher risk. If you are concerned about your home’s plumbing or service line, a certified plumber can inspect your service line, pipes, solder and fittings for lead.

Lead service lines often can be seen where they enter the home's foundation.  They are dull grey and scratch easily to reveal a shiny surface.

Homeowners are responsible for the service lines on their property - only the homeowner can replace their part of the service line.  So if your plumber finds a lead service line, please take steps to replace it, and be sure to let us know so we can update our records.