What steps can I take to protect my family from lead in tap water?
  • The longer water has been sitting in your home’s pipes, the more lead it may contain. Running cold water from the faucets you use for drinking can improve water quality by drawing fresh water in the home, particularly after long periods of time when water has not been used. To conserve water, other household water usage activities such as showering, washing clothes, flushing toilets and running the dishwasher are effective methods for flushing pipes and allowing water from the distribution system to enter the household pipes.
  • When purchasing replacement plumbing products, make sure the products have been tested and certified to "lead-free" standards.
  • Consider installing a home treatment device. The effectiveness of these devices in reducing lead can vary greatly, so it is important that the model selected is certified to reduce lead according to NSF/ANSI-53. This certification should be listed on the product packaging.
  • Consider replacement of your lead service lines and/or any plumbing fixtures that contain lead.

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1. How can I tell if my water service is lead?
2. What steps can I take to protect my family from lead in tap water?
3. Why doesn’t the Village replace lead water services?
4. Do local construction activities affect the amount of lead in the water?
5. If I have concerns about lead in my tap water, can I have my water tested?
6. Where can I get additional information?