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Lead Tips

Running cold water from the faucets you use for drinking can improve water quality

The most important time to flush is after the water has been unused for more than a few hours, such as first thing in the morning, after work or upon returning from vacation.

Let the water run for two to five minutes from every cold water to used for drinking or cooking. This brings fresh water from the main into your home. Even if you do not have a lead service line, plumbing fixtures like faucets, valves and solder can contain small amounts of lead. Flushing still helps reduce lead exposure.

There are ways to flush lines and conserve water. Showering, washing clothes, flushing the toilet and running the dishwasher are effective methods for allowing fresh water from the distribution system to enter household pipes.

Never use water from the hot water tap for cooking or mixing baby formula

Hot water causes higher amounts of lead to be released from plumbing materials. Also, hot water heaters are sources of bacteria and other metals.

Remove and clean faucet aerators

Sediment and lead particles can be trapped by the screen on the end of faucets. Regularly remove and clean these.

Replace lead service lines

Fort Worth Water’s goal is to replace the publicly owned portion of all lead service lines over the next several years. When the city’s replacement is non-emergency, you will be contacted to determine if you would like to replace your privately-owned portion at the same time. If you plan to replace yours, Fort Worth Water will work with you to replace our portion at the same time.

Replace all lead plumbing components

When purchasing replacement plumbing products, make sure the products have been tested and certified to “lead-free” standards.

Look for plumbing products that are certified as compliant with Standard NSF/ANSI 61 and/or 372. These products have been certified to meet the new lead-free requirement.

Use a water filter

Fort Worth does not endorse water filters, but there are home treatment devices certified for lead removal. It is important that the model you select is certified to reduce lead according to NSF/ANSI-53.

If you use a home treatment device, make sure it is properly maintained. Failure to replace filters at the intervals specified by the manufacture can result in bacterial growth in the filter, resulting in water contamination. This applies to filters used on water dispenser in refrigerators and ice makers.

Drain your water heater annually

Metals, sediment and bacteria can build up over time in your water heater. A licensed plumber can drain it for anyone uncomfortable doing it themselves.