Steps you can take to prevent lead in tap water
Check if your water service is lead
If your home was built before 1960, it is more likely you could have a lead service line.
If you receive an annual lead notification from EPCOR, this means our records show the utility portion of your service line is lead.
If you aren't sure if the homeowner portion of your service line is lead, here's how to tell:
Locate the emergency water shutoff valve or water meter in your home (usually found in the basement).
Check the colour of the pipe coming out of the ground and into the meter. You may have to lightly sand the surface. If the pipe is:
The colour of a Canadian penny: It's copper.
Bright blue or black: It's likely plastic tubing (polyethylene). Important: Don't attempt to test the hardness of your pipe if you suspect it's plastic.
Grey. It's galvanized iron or lead.
The next indicators are the hardness and fittings:
Don't attempt to test the hardness of your pipe if you suspect it's plastic.
If it's a lead pipe, you'll be able to etch gently into the pipe with a sharp-tipped object. Lead is a relatively soft metal and cuts easily.
Even if going through this checklist doesn't indicate you have a lead service line, a small chance still exists that a section of lead piping is present underground. If you'd like to inquire about your property, please call our Lead Management Program Representative at
Replace in-home plumbing fixtures
If you have plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, that contain lead or leaded-brass, consider replacing them with lead-free fixtures.
Request free water testing
If you have a lead service line or would like to confirm lead levels at your tap, you can book an appointment for complimentary water testing by calling our Lead Management Program Representative at
Install a water filter
If you have a lead service line, you can request a complimentary, tap-mount filter from EPCOR by calling our Lead Management Program Representative at
(780) 412-6858. You can also purchase your own water filter. You will want to ensure the filter you choose is certified to NSF 53 for the removal of lead. Here are some water filtration options.