When water leaves the City of Norfolk water treatment plant, it does not contain lead; it is safe to drink and complies with Federal and State standards.
Lead gets into the drinking water due to the corrosion of lead pipes or other parts made from lead, including the service line between the street and your home or building. We use a corrosion control treatment that coats the lining of the water system to reduce lead in the water. This treatment has been used for over three decades and sampling results continue to show that that it is effective. The water mains in the street that distribute water from the treatment plant are mostly made of iron or plastic and do not leach lead into the drinking water.