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Replacing Your Lead Service Line


Where do I start if I want to replace my lead service line?
 

1.  Find out if you have a lead service line

 

2.  If you do have a lead service line

  • If you replace your portion of the lead service line, PWSA will provide in-kind replacement of its portion, including sidewalk restoration. Contact 412-255-2423 to begin the coordination process.
     

  • Until you replace the entire lead service line, continue to take steps to reduce your exposure to lead in your water:

    • Run your water to flush out lead.
      If you haven’t used your water for several hours, run your cold tap for one minute before using for cooking or drinking.  Homes with longer lead water service lines may require flushing for a longer period of time. Using toilets, washing clothes, showering, or doing dishes before you drink from your tap are all ways that you can flush your service line without wasting water.

    • Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.
      Lead dissolves more easily in hot water. Do not drink, cook with, or make baby formula using hot water.

    • Do not boil water to remove lead.
      Boiling water will not reduce lead.

    • Look for alternative sources or treatment of water.
      Purchase an NSF water filter that is certified to remove lead.
      Customers can also choose to drink bottled water.

    • Identify if your plumbing fixtures contain lead.
      There are commercially-available lead check swabs that can detect lead on plumbing surfaces such as solder and pipes. Consider having lead-containing pipes and fixtures replaced.

    • Get your child’s blood tested.
      Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.