How can I participate in the Lead Pipe Replacement program?

  1. Notification: The City notifies all property owners within areas of the city suspected of having lead services. Families with children under the age of six and pregnant women are given priority for service replacement.
  2. Application: Property owners interested in lead service replacement must contact the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401), to register for the program.

Can I tell by looking at a water pipe if it is lead?

Yes. The water pipe servicing your home or business should be located in the basement. The only visible portion of the pipe is 50 cm in length, located between the concrete floor and the water meter. The rest of the pipe is underground with no visible access. The best way to determine if the service is lead or copper is to scratch the pipe below the meter with sandpaper to expose the bare metal. Lead pipes are dull grey in colour and are easily scratched by a hard object. Copper pipes are red-brown and corroded portions may show a green deposit.

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