How does lead get into the drinking water?

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.

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1. What is a water service line?
2. Who owns the water service line on my property?
3. What type of materials are service lines made of?
4. What other sources of lead are there in my home?
5. How do I find where the water service line is on my property?
6. How does lead get into the drinking water?
7. Why is Lead a Public Health Risk?
8. What is the Revised Lead and Copper Rule?
9. What is the City of Norfolk doing about lead service lines?
10. How do I know if I have a lead or galvanized steel service line that needs to be replaced?
11. What should I do if I am concerned about lead in my drinking water?
12. How do I report my water service line material to the City of Norfolk?
13. If my home’s plumbing has a lead service line or lead solder, how can I protect myself?
14. What should I do if I suspect lead poisoning?