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Find Out if You Have a Lead Service Line


  1. 1. Instructions for Testing
  2. 2. Submit Your Results
  3. 3. Additional Comments & Questions
  • Instructions for Testing

    1. While Albany's water mains do not contain lead, the water service line running from the water main to your home may be made of lead, especially if your house was built before 1940.
    2. Instructions
      You will need a key or a coin and a strong refrigerator magnet
    3. Step 1
      Find the water meter in your basement. Look at the pipe that comes through the outside wall of your home and connects to your meter.
    4. Step 2
      Carefully scratch the pipe (like you would a lottery ticket) with a key or a coin. Do not use a knife or other sharp tool. Note: If pipe is painted, use sandpaper to expose the metal first.
    5. Step 3
      Place the magnet on the pipe.
    6. Step 4
      Take a photo of the scratched pipe and submit your results on page 2 of this form.