Water Service Line Inventory
Help Us Be, Lead-Free
Why do we need your help?
Providing the highest quality drinking water is the top priority of Martinsville Utilities and Water Resources. A part of meeting that goal is ensuring that the water from your faucets is lead-free.
The water leaving our treatment plants is non-detect for lead; however, as it flows through pipes, it comes into contact with materials used in pipes and plumbing inside our customers' homes. If there's lead present in those pipes or fittings, it can seep into the drinking water. Water Resources is inspecting all our pipes to ensure they are lead-free, but we need your help in identifying the materials used in your water service line.
What are we doing?
Water Resources is developing an inventory of all service line pipe materials used in our public distribution system and the customer's pipe from the meter to the home. This is a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead and Copper Rule Revision.
Our drinking water was tested and found to be non-detect for lead when it left our treatment facility. We are inspecting all service lines to ensure no lead lines are present in our 120-mile distribution system (public side). Additionally, Water Resources is adding corrosion control or adjusting the pH of the water to prevent potential lead or copper leaching from pipes. You can find more information about this in our annual water quality report.
To date, no lead lines have been found on the public side. To help protect customers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a rule - the Lead and Copper Rule Revision (LCRR). As part of the LCRR, all drinking water utilities must develop an inventory of pipe materials on public (authority-owned) and private (customer-owned) service lines. This pipe material inventory, though not required to be complete, must be electronically available to the public by October 2024.
What can you do?
Martinsville Utilities and homeowners are responsible for protecting drinking water from lead sources. While we are unaware of any lead pipes in our distribution system, customers - especially those in older homes - may have lead plumbing or pipes joined with lead solder.
You can learn more about the pipe material in your home and help Water Resources meet the LCRR requirements by inspecting your home plumbing and reporting the pipe material in your water service line entering your home. Inspect the pipes entering your home and report your findings on our website.
How can I determine what type of plumbing material I have?
Martinsville Utilities and Water Resources are developing a Lead Service Line Inventory, please visit the Pipe Material Information page to submit your pipe material using the Self-Reporting Tool. As Water Resources is unaware of the plumbing materials inside your home, we've provided photos and testing tips to help you identify the pipe material from your meter to your house.
Pipe material definitions:
- Lead: Pipe containing lead.
- Non-Lead: Pipe without lead, including cast iron, PVC, copper, or galvanized metal not downstream of lead pipe.
- Galvanized Requiring Replacement: Galvanized iron pipe downstream of lead-containing pipe.
- Unknown: Material yet to be identified. Please inspect your pipe and inform us of the material you find.