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Lead pipes

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Lead pipes
There is little or no lead in drinking water as it leaves our treatment works, but small amounts can be found in tap water in older houses, where the domestic plumbing includes lead pipe work.

Lead can build up in the body over time and cause health problems, so it's important to minimise the amount you consume; this is especially important for pregnant women and children.

The use of lead in domestic plumbing was banned in 1970, so newer houses are unlikely to be affected. The download on the right contains information to help you identify whether you have lead pipes in your home and outlines who is responsible for it.

The only way to ensure that your drinking water does not contain lead is to replace any lead pipe work present in your home.

Prior to replacing your lead pipes, you can minimise your intake of lead by running the tap for a short while, prior to using the water for drinking or cooking. This flushes away water which has been in the lead pipes and draws in fresh water from our supply mains.

If you think you may have lead pipes in your home please contact us and we will test your supply free of
charge.

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