The drinking water delivered to your home meets or exceeds state and federal water quality standards. When high lead levels are found in tap water, the lead comes from plumbing on the customer’s property.
It is important for customers to check their home for lead plumbing and take steps to ensure safe water if lead is discovered.
If you have a lead service line or other lead plumbing, there are immediate steps you can take to reduce the chances of lead exposure from water.
Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is committed to helping customers remove their lead service lines. PWD offers several programs for customers who wish to remove lead service lines.
Customers with lead plumbing can request free testing by calling our hotline and making an appointment. Sampling for lead is also conducted at customer taps according to state and federal water quality regulations.
We've compiled frequently asked questions to provide more information on lead.