Lead Service Lines

Our mission is simple yet vital: to educate and empower every resident of the City of Minot to test their water service lines for lead and report the results. By doing so, we can build a fully accurate inventory of lead service lines in our city, meeting the federal government's timeline. This inventory is not just a bureaucratic requirement; it directly affects our community's budget and taxes. If a service line is not reported, we must assume it contains lead, which can lead to significant financial burdens.

By taking action and testing your water service lines, you become an essential part of our collective effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire community. Join us in this crucial initiative, and together, we can make a significant impact on the health and future of the City of Minot.

A service line is the piping that connects your interior plumbing to the City water main. If it contains lead piping, it is considered to be a lead service line.

Most of our customers share this service line with the City; typically, from the curb stop to the house is the homeowner’s responsibility, and from the curb stop to the main is the City’s responsibility. The City’s policy is to remove any known city-owned lead service lines, however much is unknown about the customer-owned service line material.lead service line

If you know you have a lead service line, let us know here.

  1. Why Test Service Lines
  2. How to Test
  3. Additional Resources
  4. How Does Lead Enter Drinking Water?
  5. Is My Water Safe?

It’s estimated that up to 10 million lead service lines exist in the United States. Although the Safe Drinking Water Act banned the use of lead service lines in 1986, they were commonly connected to homes before this ban went into place. If you live in an older home or building, it’s important to learn if your home is connected to one of these pipes.

The federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect in January 2014. The act has reduced the amount of lead content in water systems and plumbing products by changing the definition of lead free in the Safe Water Drinking Act from not more than 8 percent lead content to not more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures. The SDWA prohibits the use of these products in the installation or repair of any public water system or facility providing water for human consumption if they do not meet the lead-free requirement.

As part of the program, the EPA created an interactive mapping system for cities across the country to document the type of water service lines in use. The map includes different colored categories for lead, assumed lead, galvanized requiring replacement, non-lead, and unknown. There’s a lot of grey on Minot’s map, though, meaning there’s a high number of properties where the City doesn’t know what type of water line was installed.

Minot’s map and a link to a lead service line survey is available at https://geohub-minotnd.hub.arcgis.com/pages/division-water.

The goal is to find out how many lead water service lines exist in Minot, and then plan how to replace those lines.