We are replacing customer-owned lead service lines at no cost to our customers.
York Water has replaced all known company-owned lead service lines. There is no measurable lead in the our water supply, but if your home or business was built before 1934, there may be lead in your customer-owned service line.
We need your help to identify and report your service line material. York Water will replace lead customer-owned service lines at no cost to our customers.
Check your service line for lead.
- Gather a key or a coin and a strong refrigerator magnet. Then, find your water meter.
The meter is usually located in a basement or in a meter pit outside. Look at the pipe that connects to your meter from the curb or the outside wall.
- Carefully scratch the pipe with the key or coin.
If the pipe is painted, gently scrape off the paint to expose the metal before you scratch it. Do not use a knife or other sharp tool. Take care not to make a hole in the pipe.
If the scratch turns a shiny silver color, the pipe may be lead or steel.
- Place the magnet on the pipe.
If the magnet sticks, the pipe is steel.
If the pipe is silver or grey and the magnet does not stick, it is a lead pipe.
If the pipe is a copper color, the pipe is copper.
- Tell York Water what your service line is made from.
Call Customer Service at 717-845-3601 or complete our Customer-Owned Service Line Material Form here.
Yes. There are generally four areas where lead may be located on a customer’s premises:
- The customer-owned service line entering the building
- Leaded solder (made of 40% lead and prohibited for use on water pipes in 1986) on interior plumbing
- Brass fixtures containing lead
- Leaded paint which was banned in 1978
York Water will replace lead customer-owned service lines at no cost to the customer.
If a water test indicates that the drinking water drawn from a tap contains lead above 15 ppb (parts per billion), or if you would like to reduce potential lead at your tap, then you should take the following precautions:
- Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for 15 to 30 seconds to flush lead from interior plumbing. If you have a lead service line, run the water for at least 3 minutes (about 3 gallons of water) if the water lines have not been used for more than 6 hours.
- Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.
- Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
- Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead.
- Have an electrician check to see if wires are improperly grounded to your pipe.
Your family doctor or pediatrician can test your child’s blood level for lead and provide information on the health effects of lead.
Here’s what we’re doing to reduce lead in our customers’ drinking water:
Corrosion Control Treatment
York Water provides corrosion control treatment. The treatment adjusts pH to help reduce the amount of lead that may leach out of customer-owned piping. You can learn about your water quality in the annual Consumer Confidence Report for your water system, available here.
Lead Service Line Replacement
As of 2021, York Water has replaced all known company-owned lead service lines. We continue to replace them as our crews and certified contractors locate them. Since 2017, we have replaced over 1,900 company-owned lead service lines with copper lines.
Public Education Program
We give our customers the information that they need to identify the material their service line is made from. When they identify their service line material, we ask them to let us know what the material is with this Customer-Owned Service Line Material Form.
Early 1800s and 1900s: Lead was commonly used in plumbing applications across the United States because it was durable and stood up to moisture.
1928: The Lead Industries Association was created to promote the use of lead in products like pipes, pipe solder, and paint.
1933: Researchers began to more frequently publish findings that showed ingesting lead had adverse impacts on human health, especially the health of children. Articles were published in newspapers and popular magazines.
1934: The York Water Company stopped installing lead service lines.
1978: The United States banned the use of lead in consumer goods, but it was still used in pipes.
1990: The EPA passed the Lead & Copper Rule to help reduce the amount of lead present in the piping at a customer’s premise. The EPA also required lead testing in a sampling of houses by public water suppliers.
1992: York Water began corrosion control treatments in its water supply. The treatments, which are still applied today, adjust the pH of the water and help reduce the amount of lead that may leach out of customer-owned piping.
For more information
- Call York Water at 717-845-3601
- Visit the US EPA’s website
- Contact your healthcare provider
Lead Information and Resources
Use the form below to report the material your customer-owned service line is made from.
If you report your service line is lead, a York Water employee will reach out to you. They will schedule a visit to your home to verify the material is lead and take the next steps to replace the line.