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Posted on: December 6, 2023

New EPA Requirements for Water Service Lines

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The City needs your help complying with new federal EPA water system requirements. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new rules regarding lead and copper in existing water systems. The City is now required to create a Lead Service Line Inventory Report, which includes an inventory of all private water service line material types by October 2024.

Staff have already begun inventorying all 11,853 lines in our system, but we need your help! If your home was built before 1986, and you know what material your water service line is (for example, PVC, poly, galvanized steel, lead, copper, etc.), please contact our Water Division at or 253-841-5442. When you email or call, please give us the following information.

  1. Your service address
  2. The year your home was built
  3. The year your service line was installed or replaced
  4. The material your service line is made of

The City is responsible for all water that runs from a public service line to customers' meters. Once it reaches a customer’s property, it is then the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the pipes on their property are in good working condition. The City currently maintains an inventory of all public service line materials. However, with these new requirements, the City needs to document all private water service lines.

In 1986, Congress amended the Clean Water Act, which banned lead in drinking water pipes. The City delivers lead-free water to all city customers and has won accolades for its clean drinking water. However, some homes built before 1986 may contain old plumbing systems, increasing their chances of lead entering the system. Lead in drinking water is caused by leaching, which enters the system due to old, corroded pipes. That’s why it is very important to check the condition of your property's water pipes to ensure they function properly.

For questions and more information about our water, please visit our Water Division website page.

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