Lead Awareness

The Tampa Water Department is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to ensure the water we provide to our customers meets all federal and state drinking water standards.

The Tampa Water Department does not have any lead pipes in their water distribution system.

We also maintain a strong, proactive corrosion control program to prevent pipes from leaching lead. We do this because when lead is found in tap water, it is typically due to leaching from plumbing material, such as lead soldered copper plumbing that may exist in a home or business.

Reduce your Risk

If your home or business plumbing system contains lead piping or lead-soldered pipes, here are some steps you can take to continue the lead protection provided by the Tampa Water Department:

  • Use cold water. Always use cold water for cooking, drinking and preparing baby formula. Hot water corrodes pipes faster. If you need hot water for food or drinks, get water from the cold water tap then heat the water.
  • Flush the tap. Run a faucet for one to two minutes before using the water for drinking or cooking. This is particularly critical if that faucet has not been used for six hours or longer.
  • Clean faucet aerators. Inspect the aerator on the end of the faucet and remove any debris, such as metal particles. Aerators should be cleaned at least twice a year, and more frequently after work on your plumbing system.
  • Make smart repairs. Do not use lead solder when making plumbing repairs.
  • Have your water tested after any plumbing work.

Additional Resources

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