If my home’s plumbing has a lead service line or lead solder, how can I protect myself?

If you think you have a lead service line or lead solder, a metal alloy made from lead and tin used to join pipes together, you can take steps to decrease your lead exposure, including: 

  • Running tap water for at least five (5) minutes before you use it for drinking or cooking if the water has gone unused for more than six hours. In doing so, you are flushing stagnant water and getting fresh water from the water main pipe.
  • Using fresh, cold, running water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula.
  • Removing and cleaning faucet screens and aerators every six months.
  • Buying plumbing fixtures (faucets, valves, sinks, hose bibs, etc.) that have zero- or low-lead content meeting the current “lead-free” requirements. Read the labels of new plumbing fixtures closely.
  • Using a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)-Certified home water treatment device, faucet, or pitcher filter that removes lead. The device must be both NSF 42- and NSF 53- certified to remove lead.
  • Replacing your lead service line.

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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?