Learning About Lead

Minimize Your Exposure to Lead

Minimize Your Exposure to Lead

Most of the time, we don't need to think about our home's utility systems on a day-to-day basis - we switch the lights on and off, we're heated and cooled, quenched, flushed and washed.

We want you to think about your home's plumbing system, for depending on the age of your home, it may have lead lines, fittings and/or fixtures:

  • homes built in the mid-1950's may have galvanized iron plumbing lines (galvanized iron pipes can corrode and trap lead particles);
  • homes built before 1986 may have lead service lines (with a few exceptions, most were installed in homes built before 1930), and those built before 1986 may have lead solder and brass fittings (which may have a lead content);
  • and water faucets installed before 2014 may contain lead.

Corrosive water can cause lead to leach from these materials, so Aquarion treats water to be non-corrosive when needed - and this treatment helps to offer protection all the way through our delivery system to your tap.

Daily Flushing

All customers should run one cold water tap for 3-5 minutes daily before using water for drinking or cooking to remove lead that may leach from your pipe solder or faucets.

Test Your Water

Click on the link below for a list of laboratories certified to test for lead in drinking water:

Look for Sources in Your Home

While tests confirm that Aquarion's treatment is effective and our water is safe, when lead is found in water, it is usually leached from the home's internal plumbing, so we think it's a good idea to check:

  • Hire a licensed plumber to inspect your service line and home's plumbing system.
  • Kits to test for lead solder can be purchased at hardware and home supply stores.
  • Replace lead sources wherever possible.
  • Until you can replace, or if it is not practical to replace:
    • Run the water for 30 seconds to two (2) minutes to flush standing water from internal plumbing lines, and draw fresh water from the main. Conserve by catching the flushed water and using it for laundry or some other household purpose.
    • Always use cold water for drinking, cooking and preparing baby formula - never use hot water from the tap.
    • Periodically remove and clean the screens / aerators on your faucets, and run the water while removed to eliminate any debris.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to check your wiring, because your home's electrical system may be attached to your service line or elsewhere in your plumbing. If this connection is electrified, it can accelerate corrosion. DO NOT attempt to change the wiring yourself, because improper grounding can cause electrical shock and fire hazards.

This is one case where you can't rely on your senses, because lead dissolved in water cannot be tasted, seen or smelled - and boiling water does not remove lead.