Replacing Lead Service Connections
The lead service connection on a customer's property isowned and installed at the expense of the property owner and therefore, the responsibility of the property owner. We strongly advise that you contact a licensed plumber to work on your service line.
Repair or Replace my Lead Service Connection
Replacing only a part of the lead service connection will not effectively reduce lead concentration. Property owners may request we replace the City-owned lead service connection, but the private side must be changed first because it's less expensive as we are only disrupting the road and repairing it one time. We replace the City-owned lead service connection as other infrastructure and maintenance work is completed, however, we do not replace them where the private side is made from lead.
Locations where the private side is not lead will be scheduled first as this will remove the service connection source of lead and effectively reduce lead in the tap water.
Contact us online or call 306-777-7000 to discuss further.
Where we replace lead service connections before road work, property owners are provided information to reduce the possibility of lead in drinking water, filter options and testing.
How do I flush my plumbing after a lead service connection replacement?
Do not consume tap water, open hot water faucets, use icemakers or filtered-water dispensers until after completing the following flushing steps:
- Remove faucet screens from all cold water taps in the home.
- Beginning in the lowest level of the home, fully open the cold water taps throughout the home.
- Let the water run for at least 30 minutes at the last tap you opened (top floor).
- Turn off each tap starting with the taps in the highest level of the home. Be sure to run water in bathtubs and showers as well as faucets.
You recently replaced the City-owned lead service connection. What do I do now?
If you still have a privately-owned lead service connection, we strongly recommend you replace it. If you are unable to replace the lead water service connection at this time, you may wish to purchase a filter certified to NSF/ANSI-53 for lead removal.
Even after both sides of the lead service connection have been replaced, small particles of lead can remain in your home’s internal plumbing. Frequent flushing of your home’s internal plumbing can speed up the removal of these particles. This flushing process includes:
- Installing a NSF-53 filter.
- Running cold water taps before you consume water -- remember to only use cold tap water for drinking or cooking, since hot water increases the leaching of lead and other metals from your plumbing.
- Remove and clean tap screens -- after lead water service connection replacements it is recommended this be done more frequently as more lead particles may have broken free during replacement work.
- Drain your hot water heater to remove accumulated sediment.
If you are concerned about lead in your drinking water or to determine when your drinking water is lead free, you can have your tap water tested by a private, accredited licenced laboratory or participate in our Random Testing Study Program.