Learning About Lead

Galvanized Pipe

Galvanized Pipe

Some older homes are equipped with service lines and/or plumbing systems made of galvanized iron piping:

  • Galvanized iron pipes are made of steel and coated with zinc as a layer of protection for the pipe.
  • Over time, the zinc can erode, corrosion builds up on the inside of the pipe, and creates lots of nooks and crannies that can collect lead released from a lead service line.

If your utility service is not and never had a lead service line, you probably don't have anything to worry about.

But if your utility had or still has a lead service line, lead particles can be released at any time, so we encourage you to have your water tested and your galvanized line replaced.

Until you can, we recommend you use an NSF-certified water filter for all drinking and cooking.