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Meeting Lead Standards

Philadelphia’s water quality continues to meet all State and Federal standards. Philadelphia Water successfully passed the most recent round of water quality testing for lead at customers’ taps. Learn more and see the results of those tests here.


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.

Checking Your Home Plumbing for Lead

It is important for customers to check their home for lead plumbing and take steps to ensure safe water if lead is discovered.

What Can I Do If I Have Lead Pipes?

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.

Programs for Lead Line Replacement

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.

Lead Testing in Philadelphia

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.

Lead FAQ

We've compiled frequently asked questions to provide more information on lead.

How Can I Get My Water Tested?

Philadelphia Water Department will conduct free lead tests for residential customers. If you believe you have lead plumbing in your home and would like to have someone check your water, call our hotline at 215-685-6300 to schedule an appointment.

How Lead Can Get Into Water