Lead Line Replacement Programs

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PWSA will complete targeted lead service lines replacements with a prioritization model that removes lead in drinking water for our most vulnerable populations. 

Lead Service Line Replacement Approaches

Neighborhood Lead Line Replacement Projects: We target all lead lines in a geographic space, passing over non-lead service lines. When a private service line is made of lead, we will work with the property owner to replace the line at no direct cost.

Water main + lead service line replacement: This annual program targets aging water mains that also show high concentrations of lead lines attached. You can read more about this program on our Water Main Replacement Program page.

We have also replaced lead lines at all daycare facilities within our water service area as part of our Priority Lead Line Replacement program in 2022.

Lead Service Line Material Map

Search PWSA's service line material map to see if your home has a lead service line.

 

Disclaimer: The maps provided by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) are based on historical data, service line inspections or both. PWSA does not guarantee the accuracy of these records and maps, which shall be used for the sole purpose of providing property owners and residents with the best available data regarding lead service lines, and not for any commercial, legal or other use. These records will be updated as PWSA gathers additional information. PWSA reserves the right to alter, amend or terminate at any time the display of these maps and records.

How is a service line replaced?

Infographic illustrating the location of the water main that is owned by PWSA and the portion owned by the private property owner. A typical service line

Crews will start the process by going to each property and inspecting the service line material at every property. This will help determine which sites have lead service lines that need replaced. 

If both a private and public lead service line is found at a property, the PWSA Lead Help Desk will reach out and set a coordination meeting with the property owner to discuss the replacement methods and schedule a replacement date. If a customer has a public lead service line, it will be replaced at no cost and no coordinate meeting is needed.

The next step of the process is to replace the lead service line with a non-lead material. We request that the property owner or a designated representative be present on this day. We will provide a lead pitcher filter and cartridges, as well as flushing instructions, after replacement. 

The final step of the project is restoration of streets and sidewalks. You can expect a delay between the completion of your service line replacement and restoration activities.

Where will work occur?

PWSA contractors will have crews working in the following neighborhoods throughout our service area. Click on your neighborhood to see where service lines will be replaced, or visit our searchable map

Current Lead Line Replacement Projects

Esplen

For more information, visit the project page.

Troy Hill

For more information, visit the project page.

Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar

For more information, visit the project page.

Perry South

For more information, visit the project page.

The Bluff

For more information, visit the project page.

Marshall-Shadeland

For more information, visit the project page.

As work progresses, more neighborhoods will be announced. 

Questions?

For lead service line replacement questions, contact the Lead Help Desk at 412-255-8987 or email LeadHelp@pgh2o.com

Visit the project pages above for more information on construction progress or contact Construction Communications Project Manager, Mora McLaughlin, at 412-689-4137 or at mmclaughlin@pgh2o.com