How would I know if my household plumbing was a problem?

Age is the primary factor to consider. In older homes and homes that have copper pipes with lead solder, lead pipes, and/or lead service lines, lead can dissolve into tap water when the water is allowed to stand in lead pipes (or plumbing systems containing lead) for several hours or overnight. Lead piping is likely to be found only in homes built before 1930. Copper piping eventually replaced lead piping, but lead-based solder was still used to join copper pipes until it was banned by North Carolina in 1985. The EPA has determined that houses built between 1983 and 1985 which meet the above conditions, may have an elevated risk of lead in drinking water.

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1. Should Durham's water customers be concerned about lead in the drinking water?
2. How could lead get into the drinking water?
3. How would I know if my household plumbing was a problem?
4. What can I do to minimize the risk to me and my family?
5. What is Durham doing to eliminate/reduce exposure to lead in our drinking water?
6. Have the City's actions eliminated my risk/exposure to lead and copper?
7. What should I do if I suspect lead poisoning?
8. What if I need more information or want my water tested?
9. Who may I contact at the City if I still have questions about lead?