Lead and Copper Sampling

To ensure you receive the best water quality possible, both the Federal and Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Acts require us to monitor for lead and copper in your drinking water. Because NWWA has never detected lead or copper in our source water, we rely on customers to do voluntary sampling in their homes. It is the only monitoring we do that relies completely on our customers' participation.

The US-Environmental Protection Agency has asked us to target sampling in homes constructed prior to 1950 and between 1983 and 1987, as they have the potential of increased lead and/or copper levels in the tap water due to leaching of lead-based solder that may have been used in the plumbing system. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also requires that we validate the presence of lead-based solder in these homes.

We Need You!

If your home was built prior to 1950 and has not had the water service line replaced, we need your help!  We will provide a free Lead Check kit that consists of a simple test swab to be used to determine whether you have a lead service line. The service line is the pipe that connects your household plumbing to the water main in the street. You may use the kit to check the service line yourself or call our office to schedule a NWWA to test it for you. If you wish to perform the test yourself, you may pick up a kit at our office.

We also need you if your home was built between 1983-1987! We will provide a free Lead Check kit that consists of a simple test swab to be used on the solder of your household plumbing. You can either perform the test yourself or request a NWWA operator to visit your home to perform the check for you. Test kits are available for pick up at our office if you wish to perform the test on your own. You'll get immediate results and will know if lead is present if the swab turns pink!

If you are interested in performing the Lead Check test, please call our office at (215) 699-4836, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm or email Vanessa Curran at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have a home that was built outside the 1983-1987 parameters, Lead Check kits are readily available for your purchase. A few of your options include:

 What's Next

If the test is positive for lead, we will request that your home be added to our lead and copper monitoring list. Participating is simple. It's a one-time test done every three years and we provide all supplies you'll need along with full instructions. Our current monitoring will be conducted in the summer of 2019. This round of monitoring will end on September 30, 2019.

Testing for lead and copper in your water is incredibly important. Your test results show whether there is a harmful presence of lead or copper in your drinking water. Too much lead or copper can lead to negative health effects such as damage to the brain, kidneys, and impaired childhood development.

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