I’m concerned my home may have lead plumbing. How can I find out?

If you’re concerned your home plumbing may contain lead pipes or if you see signs of corrosion (frequent leaks, rust-colored water), you may want to have your water tested by a state-certified laboratory. Since you cannot see, taste, or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only way to confirm if lead is present in your drinking water.

A list of certified laboratories is available on the TCEQ website. Contact labs directly for information on cost and sampling bottles.

All lead test results must be reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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1. What is lead?
2. How can I be exposed to lead?
3. What are the risks of lead exposure?
4. How does lead get into my drinking water?
5. Is my home at risk for lead plumbing?
6. I’m concerned my home may have lead plumbing. How can I find out?
7. Will my water utility replace my lead service line?