What can I do to reduce or eliminate lead from my drinking water?

The City of Sugar Land is responsible for providing drinking water that meets all federal and state standards but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components found in homes and other buildings. If you are worried about lead exposure, here are some steps you can take:

  • Flush your tap water by letting the water run for several minutes if it has been sitting in your pipes for several hours, such as first thing in the morning or upon returning from work
  • Use only cold water for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula
  • Remove and clean faucet screens or aerators
  • Use a filter certified to remove lead
  • When replacing plumbing components or faucets, make sure the products have been tested and certified to “lead-free” standards

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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?