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Should I worry about lead in my water?

How does lead get into drinking water in your home?

  • Lead in drinking water is not a common source of lead toxicity in Indiana.
  • Since you cannot see, taste, or smell lead in water, testing is the only way to find out if there is lead in your drinking water.
  • Lead can be found in brass fixtures and fittings, or in solder used in copper plumbing.
    • Before 1987, solder that contained lead was used to join copper pipes in houses and apartment buildings.
    • Until 2014, plumbing could have up to 8 percent lead content.
  • Lead in pipes or plumbing can dissolve into water, especially if the water is corrosive.
  • Lead levels are usually highest after the water has been sitting in the pipes overnight or for more than 6 hours.
  • Typically, lead levels decrease after water is run for about a minute. This means that there is likely to be less lead in the water as faucets are used during the day.
  • Service lines (a 3-5 ft section of pipe connecting the water main to the pipe leading to your home) may also contain lead

Tip! It is always a good idea to use cold tap water for drinking and cooking. Run your water until it feels cold before using it for drinking and cooking. This will flush any water that has high levels of lead because it has been sitting in the pipes.

Find information here about the Indiana Finance Authority’s Lead Sampling Program, designed to help Public Schools assess for the presence of lead drinking water within their facilities.