Frequent Questions

The drinking water I receive from a public water system has an unfamiliar odor and a slight discoloration. I am concerned that this is an indication of lead in my drinking water. What can I do to determine if lead is in my drinking water?

To determine if lead is in your drinking water, contact a state certified laboratory to have your drinking water tested for excessive lead concentrations. Testing drinking water is essential in determining whether lead is present because you cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water (40 CFR 141.85(a)(1)(iv)(A)). Contact your state certification officer to get a list of certified laboratories in your state. To find state certification officer contact information, call or e-mail the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or visit the OGWDW Web site at
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