Mandatory Service Line Inventory
Most of us have heard that lead water pipes can lead to adverse health effects. To ensure water safety, the EPA and the State of Utah is requiring water systems to develop a public lead service line inventory and create a plan for identifying and mitigating lead service lines.
Information from the EPA can be found here.
Information from the Utah Division of Drinking Water can be found here.
Gorgoza Mutual Water Company has a high degree of certainty that there are few, if any, lead water lines in our service area. But we can’t be sure without verifying inside the home or structure. To meet the requirements we are asking shareholders to help identify their water service line material. This inventory will also help Gorgoza better manage the water system in the future. We appreciate your help in this effort.
Check Your Water Line
Step 1: Locate where your service line enters your home. This is normally located at the lowest level of your home or business in a crawlspace or in a utility room. The test area described below, is the most representative portion of the service line that is used to verify material.
Step 2: Identify the test area. Find the water shut-off valve and/or pressure reducer valve (PRV). The test area is located between the shut off valve to the floor or exterior wall. The PRV is normally located after the shut off valve.
The easiest way to check what your pipes are made of is the “scratch test”. Find where your service line enters your home. This is normally located at the lowest level of your home or business, perhaps in a crawlspace or in a utility room.
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Step 3: In some situations your pipe material can clearly be identified as plastic or copper. In other situations, due to corrosion or painting, the pipe needs to be scratched to reveal either a copper penny color, or silver color. If it is a silver color, the only way to distinguish between galvanized or lead is a magnet test. Magnets will stick to galvanized but will not stick to lead.
Step 4: Please take a picture of your pipe test area, then complete the form below to submit information about your water service line.