Service Line Inventory Project Beginning Fall 2022
Lead and Drinking Water
Greeley Water’s top priority is the safety of our drinking water and protecting public health.
In recent years, there has been greater national awareness of the potential for lead in drinking water. Lead and copper pipes have been historically used in homes, as people did not know that lead and copper could seep out into drinking water. The issue really became apparent with the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, from 2014-2019. The water leaving Greeley’s treatment facilities is lead-free—lead does not come from our water supplies or the city’s water delivery pipelines.
New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations
New EPA regulations require water providers like Greeley Water & Sewer to identify buildings and homes that could potentially have lead service lines. Service lines are the pipes that connect the city’s main water line to homes or businesses. The City owns the pipes that run from the main water lines to the water meters, and the customers own the pipes that run from the meter to the internal plumbing. In Greeley, lead service lines may have been installed in homes until 1980, so homes built after 1980 should not have lead service lines. Lead was also historically used in older plumbing materials such as valves, faucets, fixtures, and solder. When water runs through lead service lines or plumbing, the lead can break off into tiny particles and end up in your homes’ drinking water.
Fortunately, the City of Greeley has conducted aggressive lead service line removal since 1991, removing 1,207 lead service lines that the city owns. However, some older homes may still have customer-owned lead lines running from the meter at the end of the city’s property line into houses, or homes may have lead plumbing/fixture/solder in their homes.