Is my tap water safe to drink?

The water leaving the City of Durham’s water treatment plants is lead free. We test the water each day to confirm it is high quality. Lead can enter drinking water by leaching from lead pipes that connect some older homes (pre-1988) to the water system, a process called corrosion. 

Lead in drinking water can also come from household plumbing such as brass or chrome-plated brass faucets that contain lead. If you think you may have lead in your water, you can request a free lead test kit by: 

  • Calling Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200

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1. Is my tap water safe to drink?
2. What are the health risks if lead is in my tap water?
3. What should I do if I live in an older house that may have lead pipes?
4. What is the Lead and Copper Rule? What are the changes under the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR)?
5. Where is Durham Water in the process of the new requirements?
6. What comes next?
7. How will Durham Water tell me about inventory results?
8. Who will pay for replacing private lines?
9. Where do irrigation and fire lines fit into the rule revisions?
10. How can I keep up with the project?
11. What is Durham doing to eliminate/reduce exposure to lead in our drinking water?
12. What can I do to minimize the risk to me and my family?
13. What should I do if I suspect lead poisoning?
14. What if I need more information or want my water tested?
15. Who may I contact at the City if I still have questions about lead?