The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services held a hearing on November 16, 2016 to hear testimony on three lead safety bills.
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) provided testimony in support of Bill No. 160687, which updates rules about what landlords must tell renters regarding the presence of potential hazards like lead paint to include plumbing that contains lead.
To make this information easy to access, customers can now find the November 2016 testimony and links to our lead safety programs here.
PWD Commissioner Debra A. McCarty presented the testimony and made clear the department’s commitment to educating and empowering customers when it comes to the issue of lead:
“We want our customers to understand the steps they can take to improve the quality of the drinking water in their homes. We take the safety of our customers very seriously, and drinking water quality has been and will remain a top priority for the Water Department.”
The bill includes language about rental properties where the water supply is connected to the City water main by a pipe made from lead. This pipe is called a service line, and runs from the water main in the street to the customer’s water meter, most often found in the basement. (See our fact sheet about checking for lead service lines.)
As of December, 2016, Bill No. 160687 has been referred to City Council for passage.
During the November testimony, PWD also updated City Council on its many lead safety programs and highlighted new information for residents available on the department’s website.
The official testimony submitted to City Council, without links, is available here.
Those interested in water testing, replacing lead service lines or scheduling a community presentation about lead can call 215-685-6300.