Learning About Lead



Work on lead service lines or on your home's plumbing system may release lead particles into your water - this is different from lead that may leach into the water from your plumbing system.

It is very important to do a 30-minute flush to remove any lead particles that may be in your home plumbing lines:

  1. Remove the faucet aerators from all cold water taps and clean them.
  2. Beginning in the lowest level of your home, fully open all cold water taps in sinks, tubs and showers.  Make sure the drains are open and clear.
  3. Run the water for at least 30 minutes at the last tap opened (top floor).
  4. Turn off taps, starting with the top floor.
  5. You can capture the water and use it for laundry, cleaning, washing your car, watering your plants and lawn, or other household uses - just don't drink it or use it for cooking.
  6. Follow-up with routine daily flushing by running the cold water for 3-5 minutes before using water for drinking, cooking or preparing baby formula - especially first thing in the morning and again when returning home from work / school.
  7. Use only cold water for cooking - not hot water from your tap, because lead dissolves more quickly in hot water.
  8. Do not boil water - boiling water does not remove lead.


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