Water Service Lines
What is a water service line and who owns it?
Water service lines are the pipes that carry water from the City’s pipes in the street into homes/buildings. The water service lines in Newark are owned by the individual property owners, from the water main in the street to the meter in the home. A full lead service line replacement involves elimination of all lead pipe between the water main in the street and the water meter in your house.
How do I know if I have a lead service line at my location?
You can visually inspect the water service line piping entering and inside your home. Lead service lines are generally a dull gray color and are very soft and you can easily scratch them with a key or coin. If a pipe is made of lead, the area scratched will turn a bright silver color. Do not use a knife or other sharp instrument, and be careful not to puncture a hole in the pipe.
You can purchase an EPA-approved lead test kit at www.epa.gov/lead/lead-test-kits