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Over the course of the next two years, the City of Wayne will be required by state law to perform a complete inventory of our water distribution system. The purpose of this inventory will be to determine the amount of lead piping and fittings throughout the entire system. Please complete the following survey, or download and print out (link below) and mail back to City offices.
Adverse Health Effects of LeadDrinking water that contains lead can damage a developing brain. It is especially harmful for children 6 and under and in adults, lead can increase blood pressure. With your help, your utility can reduce elevated levels of lead in your community.
Sources of LeadYour water system tests for lead levels regularly, but as you know, the source of lead in drinking water is often lead pipes and plumbing components in the distribution system that provides drinking water to your home.
Service LinesDrinking water for your home is delivered from the water main to your home by a service line. Service lines can contain lead. Identifying homes with lead service lines or lead components is crucial because corrosion of these materials over time can cause lead to accumulate in your drinking water.
Take Action NowBe a part of the solution. This is a large project and your utility needs your help!
Answer a few questions to protect your family's health and help your utility identify the drinking water service line materials in your community.
How to Determine If I have a Lead Service LineCheck your records. Have you completed maintenance on your service line? Do you know when your home was built? If your home was built before 1988 and has the original service line or plumbing, then your home may have a lead service line or a lead component.
Inspect the service line yourself. You can save time and money and inspect the service line yourself. These lines typically enter your home through the wall facing the street on the lowest level but each setup can be unique to each home. If you do not own your home, please contact the homeowner for this information.
Is it Lead? Start with a magnet or scratch test. Gently scratch the surface of the pipe with a coin. If the pipe is soft, easily scraped, silver, and a magnet doesn't stick, it is most likely lead.
If Not Lead, Then What?
1. Does a magnet stick? If so and the line is dull grey when scratched, this portion of the service line is galvanized steel.
2. If the magnet doesn't stick, it is the same color as a penny when scratched or has greenish-blue build up, this portion of the service line is copper.
3. If the magnet doesn't stick, it is white-ish yellow or grey, is joined with a clamp, screw or glue, this portion of the service line is plastic or Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC).
If you are still unsure about the materials present and have questions, please contact us at 402-375-5250.
Please fill out the short survey below. If you would prefer to fill out a paper copy, you may download a copy below and return to City Hall at 306 Pearl Street.Link: City of Wayne Lead Service Line Survey (PDF)
Thank you for completing this survey. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Wayne Water Department at (402) 375-5250.
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