Property Owners


Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) is taking action to make the City of Cincinnati a lead-safe city. We are committed to protecting the health of its citizens from hazards caused by lead service lines.

The Lead Service Line Replacement Program is dedicated to removing all lead service lines within our service area, which includes much of Hamilton County and the City of Mason.

Although GCWW has no water transmission or distribution mains made from lead, some of the water lines serving individual properties are composed of the toxic metal. Roughly 40,000 lead lines are located within GCWW’s service area. The utility has set a goal of removing these lines during the next 15 years.



The figure (right) illustrates a typical service line ownership situation:

The water main lies underneath the street and the “public side” connection runs from the water main to the property line. GCWW owns and is responsible for this section of the connection.

The property owner owns the “private side” section from the property line into the home or business. This private side line may be made from lead. The property owner is responsible for this section. (Brass fittings, faucets and solder may also exist in the home or business and cause lead to be present in drinking water.)

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To help property owners replace their private lead service line, Cincinnati City Council passed an Ordinance on December 15, 2021 authorizing GCWW to pay 100% of the private-side lead service line cost for customers participating in GCWW’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program. To be eligible for the program, property owners must sign an agreement allowing a GCWW contractor to perform the private side replacement. After the replacement, the private side service line remains the property and responsibility of the property owner.

All work is completed by a contractor selected and verified by GCWW. GCWW pays the contractor directly after the replacement is completed. There is no out of pocket or up front cost to home owners. Private side lead service line replacement costs incurred prior to December 15, 2021 are not eligible for 100% funding. Private side lead service line replacements performed outside the GCWW program are also not eligible for payment or reimbursement through GCWW’s program.

All work is completed by a contractor selected and certified by GCWW.

Owner FAQs Download FAQs

I had my lead service line replaced prior to or under a previous version of GCWW's program (prior to December 15, 2021). Am I now eligible for reimbursement and/or assessment financing forgiveness?

What is a service line?

How do I find out if my service line is lead?

Am I required to replace my section of the service line?

What happens if I don’t replace my lead service line?

What must I do to participate in GCWW's Lead Service Line Replacement Program?

Will GCWW help with the cost of my lead service line replacement?

If I hire my own certified plumber, will GCWW offer any assistance?

Will replacement of the full lead service line lower my risk to exposure to lead in drinking water?

Will I notice any changes in my water service after the lead service line replacement is complete?

Is my water safe to drink?

What should I do after the lead service line replacement is completed?

Should I have my water tested after my lead service line is replaced?

What happens during construction when a GCWW contractor replaces my lead service line?

Click for a list of plumbers that have been certified to perform lead service line replacement.

Certified Plumbers List


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