Halifax Water operates several programs to monitor and help reduce lead leaching. Details are outlined here.
Halifax Water is committed to reducing exposure to lead in drinking water and assisting customers in addressing sources of lead in their drinking water. Sources of lead include but are not limited to: lead service lines, lead/tin solder, brass, and brass fittings.
What is a lead service line?
Homes built in the 1950’s or earlier have a higher risk of being serviced by a lead service line. However, even if your home is serviced by a copper service line, there is still a risk of lead solder, which was banned in 1986 or leaded brass fittings. The best way to permanently address sources of lead in drinking water is to remove all components containing lead, and to replace all lead service lines.
The complete removal of lead from the distribution system is a shared responsibility between the home owner and Halifax Water. Halifax Water owns the portion of the service line from the water main in the street to the shut-off valve near the property line, home owners own the portion from the property line into the house.