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Lead is a common metal found in the environment. Historically, because it is so common and because it has a number of qualities that make it easy to work with, lead was used extensively for many things, including construction and plumbing.
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Lead is not found in Canandaigua’s source water or in the water mains. Lead can be present in the service lines connecting homes to water mains and in brass fixtures, faucets, and solder in copper plumbing. These items can pass lead into the water you use for drinking and cooking.
Please watch this "AWWA: Together, Let's Get the Lead Out" video
Lead is toxic to humans, and consuming it or being exposed to it at high levels can lead to a number of serious health concerns. While it is not safe for anybody, exposure to lead poses the greatest risk of health problems to pregnant women and children ages 6 and under, as studies have shown that it can slow normal mental and physical development.
Aside from lead water service lines, lead can also enter the water through:
If you know or suspect that you have lead service lines or plumbing, there are ways to reduce your exposure to lead in your drinking water:
Use the following diagram to determine your service line material.
Due to federal regulations, the City needs to know your service line material. Please report your service line material to Peter Virkler at 585-337-2188 or via email . Depending on your service line material, the city may coordinate with you for its replacement.
NY State Department of Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency