Lead in the Water: Disclosing Lead Service Lines

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Lead in the Water: Disclosing Lead Service Lines

Lead service lines—the lead pipes connecting water mains under the street to homes and other buildings—are the main source of lead in contact with drinking water. Yet many homeowners are unaware of whether their homes are serviced by lead pipes.

Disclosure of lead service lines protects buyers from purchasing a home without being aware of the property’s likely defects or hazards. Water utilities can help this effort by informing all property owners if they are likely to have a lead service line. Home inspectors can also help by checking the service line as it comes into the home and letting the buyer know whether or not it is lead and recommending replacement.

Several states have begin exploring the disclosure of lead service lines in private homes. This webinar will present successful approaches states have undertaken to promote the disclosure of lead service lines to owners and buyers of properties.

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  • Laura Caron, student-intern, Massachusetts General Court
  • Cathy Bailey, Cincinnati Water Works
  • Tom Neltner, Environmental Defense Fund