Lead pipes

Have you got lead pipes?

A third of properties in the North West built before 1970 are believed to still have some lead plumbing.

If you live in an older property, you could have a lead supply pipe – the underground pipe which connects your home to the public water mains, and possibly some lead pipes inside the home too.

Traces of lead in your water supply can present a health risk, especially to children under six years old, and to pregnant mums.

If you do have lead pipes, there’s plenty you can do to minimise the risks to you and your family.

Is lead harmful?

Is lead harmful?

Find out about the harmful affects of lead.

What can I do to reduce the risk?

What can I do to reduce the risk?

Lots of tips to help lower your risk of lead intake from drinking water.

Testing water quality

Testing water quality<br></br>

Find out how we make sure your drinking water is clean and drinkable.

Lead pipes - advice for customers

Our short video shows you how to check for lead pipes and what to do if you find them.

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What am I responsible for?

What am I responsible for?

Find out which of your water supply pipes you are responsible for.

Where can I find out more?

Where can I find out more?

Looking for information on lead? These websites might help.

If you own or manage a building in which members of the public or work colleagues have access to drinking water, it’s important to find out if you have lead pipes.