What can I do to reduce the risks of lead in my drinking water?

If you know lead is present in your drinking water (from a water test), if you have pipes or plumbing fixtures that contain lead, or if you don’t know the material type, you can take steps to minimize potential lead exposure until all sources of lead have been removed.

  • Use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Before drinking, flush the water system by running the tap until the water is cold to the touch, especially if you have not used the water for a few hours. The longer water remains standing in a lead pipe, the greater the chance lead can leach into the water.
  • Flush the pipes: Let the water run to bring in fresh water that has not been standing in the pipes. Flushing times can vary based on the internal plumbing configuration. Once fresh water has been obtained, bottle it and stick it in your refrigerator for ready use later on. 
  • Put a bottle of water in the refrigerator at night for early morning use.
  • Regularly clean your faucet aerator: Particles containing lead from solder or household plumbing can become trapped in your faucet aerator. Regularly cleaning aerators every few months will remove these particles and reduce your exposure to lead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbJGwQIWhBM
  • Replace faucets and fixtures containing lead (maunfactured prior to 2014).
  • Replace your private lead water service.

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1. What is a residential water service?
2. What can I do to reduce the risks of lead in my drinking water?
3. Do faucets contain lead?
4. Are there any faucets with no lead at all?
5. Does it really matter if I have an ultra-low lead faucet?
6. Do some new plumbing fixtures still contain lead?
7. How does Concord Public Works determine the material of my water service?
8. I’m interested in purchasing a property in Concord, can you tell me if it has a lead water service?
9. Can I get my water tested?
10. What material are water service lines typically made out of?
11. Where Can I Get More Information About My Drinking Water?
12. Why Replace my Lead Service?
13. Which type of filter removes lead?
14. How can I tell if my faucet is "lead free"?