How can I tell if my home or business has lead plumbing?

The City of Sugar Land has no information on the type of material used in private plumbing lines inside homes and business. Customers who think their home or business could be at risk can hire a licensed plumber to perform an inspection. 

Customers may also be able to identify their plumbing material themselves using a key or coin and a refrigerator magnet:

Use a Key or coin to scrape a small area on the pipe. Check to see if a magnet will stick to the pipe. 

  • If the scraped area is the color of a penny, the pipe is copper. A magnet will not stick to a copper pipe.
  • If the scraped area remains a dull gray, and a magnet sticks to the surface, the pipe is galvanized steel.
  • If the scraped area is shiny and silver, the pipe is lead. A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe.

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1. What is lead?
2. What are the risks of lead exposure?
3. Are there some homes and businesses that are at a higher risk of having lead service lines or plumbing?
4. How can I tell if my home or business has lead plumbing?
5. Does Sugar Land's water systems have lead service lines?
6. Will I be notified if my service line is suspected to contain lead?
7. What has Sugar Land done to limit residents' exposure to lead?
8. What can I do to reduce or eliminate lead from my drinking water?
9. How can I get my water tested?
10. Where can I find additional information on lead in drinking water?