It is important that you prioritize the upkeep of your home's plumbing system, for depending on the age of your home, it may have lead lines, fittings, and/or fixtures.
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Corrosive water can cause lead to leach from these materials, so Aquarion treats water to be non-corrosive when needed. This treatment helps to protect pipes all the way through our delivery system to your tap.
You might be surprised to learn that water is a naturally corrosive substance. As part of Aquarion's water treatment process we test the water, adjust for ph and add phosphate based corrosion control inhibitors where necessary.
In addition to ensuring our water remains lead-free all the way through our water mains, our treatment also helps to coat the pipes and fixtures in your home.
While the corrosion inhibitor helps to reduce the amount of lead that may leach from lead materials in your plumbing system, these steps may not be 100% effective in all cases. If you live in a house built before 1988, we urge you to have an independent testing lab check the water coming out of your taps to see if lead is present.
For more information, call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or Aquarion's Water Quality Management Department.
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. To check if your home’s plumbing is lead-free, follow these steps:
This is one case where you can't rely on your senses, because lead dissolved in water cannot be tasted, seen or smelled. And don’t forget: boiling water does not remove lead.
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.
The chance of lead leaching into your water is greater when the water has been standing in your home's pipes for several hours.
If your home has lead service or plumbing lines, brass fittings, lead solder, or older faucets containing lead, be on the safe side and run the water for 30 seconds to two minutes first thing in the morning and again in the evening. This will flush standing water from your plumbing system and bring in new, cool water from the water main. This is especially important if you've been away from home for several days or weeks.
To conserve water, capture and use the flushing water for laundry, cleaning, watering your plants and lawn, and washing your car—just don't drink it or use it for cooking.
Maintenance work on lead service lines or on your home's plumbing system may release lead particles into your water. These particles differ from lead that may leach into the water from your plumbing system.
It is very important to do a 30-minute flush to remove any lead particles that may be in your home plumbing lines:
If you or your plumber discover galvanized iron or lead in your service line and/or your home's plumbing, you may wish to use an in-home water filter.
NSF, the public health and safety organization, has tested and compiled an extensive list of devices that are certified to filter for lead. The products include pour-through water pitchers, faucet-mounted filters, and whole-home filters.
A filter that is left in place beyond its useful life doesn't do its job, so please make sure to install a replacement filter per the manufacturer's instructions.