Property Owners

What Gcww Is Doing For Property Owners

Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Greater Cincinnati Water Works has been at the leading edge of water treatment technology and aims to be a leader in making the City of Cincinnati a lead-safe city. We are passionate about the opportunity to protect the health of its citizens from the dangers and hazards that lead service lines present.

The Lead Service Line Replacement Program is dedicated to the full replacement of all lead service lines within the City and is the only solution to significantly reduce this health risk. GCWW is committed to removing lead in water, protecting the health of its citizens and revitalizing its communities.

GCWW was granted authority to replace lead service lines due to the passing of Cincinnati City Council Ordinance 326-2016.

Ownership

The figure illustrates a typical service line ownership situation:

The water main runs down the street and the public (utility-owned) service connection runs from the water main to the property line. This is the GCWW portion of the connection and the responsibility of the utility (public responsibility).

The property owner owns the private service line section from the property line into the home. This private service line may be made of lead. Brass fittings, faucets and solder may also exist in the home and cause lead to be present. These are the owner’s portion of the connection and the responsibility of the property owner (private responsibility).

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Owner FAQs Download FAQs

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 if I replace my lead service line?

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

What are my options for reimbursing GCWW for the LSLRP work?

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