Because you can’t see, smell or taste lead in your water, it can go undetected. Testing is the only way to determine if there are harmful levels of lead in your home. If any of the following apply, you may want to consider testing:
- Your home was built before 1986. These are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.
- Your home has brass, copper plumbing and/or chrome-plated fixtures.
- You see signs of corrosion from your water (frequent leaks, rust-colored water, stained sinks, dishes, or laundry).
Options for testing
- Download a copy of the Lead and Copper Testing Request Form. Lead testing is $15 per each faucet tested. Lead and copper testing is $30 per each faucet tested.
- If you are not able to download a form, contact the Centralized Water Department Laboratory at 817-392-5900 to have the form sent to you. (i.e. fax, mail or email)
- Take the completed request form to the following locations to pay for the lead and/or lead/copper testing:
- Downtown to Water Customer Service located at 908 Monroe St. Accepted payments include cash, check or credit card.
- At the Centralized Water Department’s Laboratory located at 2600 SE Loop 820. Accepted payments include exact cash and check.
- Please notify staff at the laboratory (817-392-5900) prior to coming to pay for the lean/copper testing. Please bring an official identification card to show security personnel and gain access to facility.
- Pick up the sample kit at the Centralized Water Department Laboratory.
- Collect the samples according to the instructions in the kit and return to the Centralized Water Department Laboratory.
- Make sure you notify staff of the date the sample kit will be delivered.
- Once the analysis is complete, you will be notified of the test results.
Or, if you choose, you can:
- Have a licensed plumber determine if your home contains lead solder, lead pipes or pipe fittings that contain lead. A plumber can also determine if your home has a lead service line connecting your home plumbing to the community water system’s water main. The presence of these materials does not mean you have lead in your water, but the potential exists.
- Purchase a home treatment device. Some of these remove lead, but not all. To determine if a device removes lead before you purchase, visit NSF International.
- Protect your pipes before freezing temperatures get here
- New hours for Water Department's call center
Report Emergencies (24-hours)
(water main breaks, sewer backups)
817-392-4477 Select Option 1
Call Center - Non-emergency
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday
(Closed City Holidays) 817-392-4477 Select Option 1
P. O. Box 870
Fort Worth, TX 76101
- Report Illegal Connections
- Report Other Water Related Issues
- Report Water Waste
- Request a Speaker
- Report a problem with the H2Online Water payment website
Chris Harder, P.E.