Lead in a property's plumbing

How we manage lead

Our chemists continuously monitor drinking water to ensure our treatment helps keep lead out of water in buildings with lead plumbing. Every three years, Norfolk samples at least 50 homes for lead levels. These samples are a required part of the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule, which was created in 1992, to make sure that our corrosion control treatment is working.

Required by federal law, Norfolk’s corrosion control program has been in place for over three decades. It minimizes the release of lead from service lines, indoor pipes, fixtures, and solder by creating a coating designed to keep lead from leaching into the water.

To date, sampling results show that our treatment is controlling corrosion in our customers’ plumbing.

Lead testing

The Norfolk Department of Utilities conducted a regulatory lead testing program from June through September 2020. Results from the 2020 round of testing show Norfolk complies with the federal Lead and Copper Rule and can be found in the table on page 8 of the 2022 Water Quality Report.

Concerned about lead in your pipes?

If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Lead can be found in older brass fixtures and valves and in old solder where pipes are joined.
Flush your pipes, always use cold water, check your aerators