Until the 1960's lead was the preferred material for pipework, hence the word plumbing from the Latin for lead: 'plumbum'. Lead was also used in the manufacture of solder to join the pipes.
My water supply
The water leaving our treatment works and travelling along our network of pipes is virtually lead-free.
How to check for lead water pipesThis video from WaterSafe shows you how to check your pipes and, if you do have lead pipes, what to do to reduce reduce the amount of lead in your drinking water.
Find out more about who is responsible for the pipes that supply the water to your home
If you suspect that you have lead pipes, then please contact us and we will be happy to check the lead content of your tap water.