Lead and Copper Service Lines

Water Quality in your Home or Business:

Lead Pipes

Replacing aging lead pipes between your home and the water main is the best way to reduce your risk of lead exposure. But how do you know if you have lead service pipes leading to your house? If your house or building was constructed before 1986, you may have lead pipes.

Using a magnet and a key or coin, you can easily determine the material of the pipe servicing your building. The first step in identifying the material of your service line pipe is to locate your water meter. In Ipswich, most meters will be found inside the building.

What is a service line? It’s the pipe between the public water main and your building. In most cases the Utility is responsible for a portion and the rest is privately owned. Image: DCwater.com

Next, access one of the many resources you can use to determine the material of your service line. The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative and NPR’s Find Lead Pipes in Your Home Tool are two resources that will help you identify the service line material in your building.

Help us track your results!

Once you’ve figured out what type of pipes you have feeding water into your home or business, report it here to the Town of Ipswich Water Department. Just like you, we are concerned about lead pipes in our system. We are checking our pipes too and will provide an inventory to the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of 2024. With your help, we can create a plan for eradicating lead exposure risk in Ipswich.

What to do if you have a lead service line?

1. Look into replacement options for your service line. The EPA hopes to have all lead service lines replaced over the next decade.

2. Obtain a water filter that can remove lead from your tap.