Lead in water causes serious health issues for both adults and children. If you are concerned about lead in your water, we recommend getting a Lead Test Kit from DC Water. For the next decade, DC Water will be replacing the lead piping. The goal is to replace all lead piping by the end of 2030. Please review the information and links below on how to participate in the Lead Pipe Replacement Program.

Do You Have Lead Pipping?

Besides using a Lead Test Kit to determine if lead is in the water, a consumer can visit the LEAD MAP to see if your property has a lead water service line. The map will determine if there is lead on the public and private sides of the lead water service line. If you want to update the map, we recommend visiting https://www.dcwater.com/leadmap and emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When Does DC Water Replace Lead Pipping?

DC Water replaces lead pipping during construction projects and by consumer’s voluntary request. If DC Water identifies the lead pipping during a construction project, DC Water will notify the customer. DC Water shall request consent to replace the portion of the lead water service line on private property via email and telephone if it does not receive a response within 14 days after delivery of the request. DC Water shall complete the water service line replacement on private property if it gets consent within 30 days after delivery of the request.

DC Water will use funds from the lead water service line payment assistance program to cover the cost of replacing a portion of a lead water service line remaining after a prior partial replacement.

For more information, please visit https://www.dcwater.com/replacelead.

The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) administers the Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program. Depending on the consumer’s income, consumers are eligible to have 50 to 100 % of the cost of the lead pipe replacement covered. Please, visit https://doee.dc.gov/service/lead-pipe-replacement-assistance-program to view the eligibility requirements, the application process, and the application. If you do apply for the program, please submit the following documents:

  • Household’s most recent DC Water bill;
  • Property owner’s photo identification;
  • Proof of property ownership; and
  • Proof of income for each member of the household (if seeking approval for the income-eligible program).

If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance, please contact the Office of the People’s Counsel at 202-727-3071 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..