Water Service Lines
Service Line Inventory
The Town of Queensbury has determined that the probability of any lead services serving its customers is unlikely.
Nonetheless as part of EPA’s newly Revised Lead and Copper Rule, EVERY water utility across the country is required to inventory all of its water service lines both on the public side and on the private side. WE NEED YOUR HELP in complying with this mandate.
Determining the Material of Your Water Service Line
You will need a:
- Key or a coin
- Strong refrigerator magnet
Step by Step Instructions
- Find the water meter in your basement. Look at the pipe that comes through the outside wall of your home and connects to your meter.
- Carefully scratch the pipe (like you would a lottery ticket) with a key or a coin. Do not use a knife or other sharp tool. Note: If pipe is painted, use sandpaper to expose the metal first.
- Place the magnet on the pipe.
- Take a photo of the scratched pipe and submit your results in the form below.
Types of Pipes
A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe. Scratch the pipe with a coin. If the scraped area is shiny silver and flakes off, the service line is lead.
A magnet will not stick to a copper pipe. Scratch the pipe with a penny. If the scraped area is copper in color, like a penny, your service line is copper.
Galvanized Steel Pipe
If a magnet sticks to the surface, your service line is galvanized steel. A scratch test is not needed. If you scratch the pipe, it will remain dull gray.