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A water service line is a pipe that connects the water main in the street to the interior plumbing of homes and businesses. The water main is the larger pipe that is typically located under the road and carries water to multiple homes. The portion of the service line from the City water main to the water meter is owned and maintained by the City. The portion from the water meter to the home is owned and maintained by the homeowner.
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Your water is safe to drink. Your address was chosen randomly for inspection, not because there is a concern that there is lead in your drinking water. To comply with new revisions to the federal law called the Lead and Copper Rule, the City of Everett is planning to inventory the material of water service lines in our water service area. The goal of the law is to eliminate all lead service lines in the country. The City of Everett has no known lead lines but we are still planning to inspect a subset of service lines in the City to confirm this.
To comply with new revisions to the federal law called the Lead and Copper Rule, the City will be inspecting water service lines throughout the city. Crews will dig a 1-foot square hole in the front of your property; typically in the City right-of-way near the water meter serving your property. The City right-of-way is the area that contains roads, sidewalks, and above and below-ground utilities, such as power lines, fire hydrants, drainage ditches, sewer and water lines and your water meter. If needed, we will restore the topsoil. Our crews will take special care in locations with extensive landscaping or obstacles.
You can find out what service line is made of by finding where it enters your home. This is typically in your basement or crawlspace. The following video (courtesy of Highland Park Public Works) contains instructions that can help you identify your service line material.
If you're unable to determine your service line material, please contact Everett Public Works at (425) 257-8800.
No, your water service should not be impacted.