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If you are concerned about lead, please call the Municipal Services & Operations Department at (785) 832-7800.

Lead in faucets, plumbing in homes, and solder connecting plumbing lines, as well as old lead lines can affect each home differently. In Lawrence, the water we provide to homes and businesses is essentially lead-free in the distribution system and prior to entering your individual household plumbing. If you are concerned about lead, we have some frequently asked questions and recommendations below to reduce lead in your drinking water. These steps range from simple actions such as flushing lines to more complex actions like the replacement of service lines and household plumbing fixtures.

In Lawrence, we take water quality very seriously and proactively take measures to ensure your water is safe. Lawrence’s water treatment systems comply with the EPA’s Safe Water Drinking Act and we participate in a lead and copper sampling program. For many years, we’ve taken steps to enhance the water treatment process by adding a naturally-derived, food-grade phosphate to the process which inhibits corrosion and helps protect pipes and fixtures in homes and the distribution system. Additionally, in the 1980’s we replaced portions of the public service lines with lead-free systems. Our water quality technicians test water chemistry daily to ensure the water delivered to our residents is within all EPA-specified levels.

If you have questions about water quality or are concerned, contact the City of Lawrence Municipal Services & Operations Department at (785) 832-7800 or visit the Municipal Services & Operations website. The City of Lawrence Utilities Division distributes water to 30,000 homes and businesses through nearly 500 miles of pipes in the city.

Tip sheet to reduce lead (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is lead a problem?
Does lead affect everyone equally?
Where does lead in drinking water come from?
What is a service line?
Why is there lead in my faucets or fixtures?
How do I know if I am at risk?
How can I reduce my exposure?
What is the City of Lawrence doing about reducing lead in household water?
How do I tell what the contents of my tap water are?
How do I have my water tested?
What are the testing procedures?
How much lead is too much?
If my water has high levels of lead, is it safe to bathe or shower in it?
What is the state and federal government doing to reduce lead in household water?
Are there types of treatment devices that would work in my home such as filters?
How did lead become a problem in Flint, Michigan?
Crews just did work to a water main near my house. Can it affect my water?