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1. Find out if you have lead service lines

The City of Malden provides lead testing for drinking water free to all residents. Additionally, you can contact us for an inspection to find out if you have lead service in or leading in to your home.  To have an inspection or water test performed, you can contact our Engineering Department at 781-397-7040 to schedule or you can fill out a request online at www.seeclickfix.com and select "Water - Lead Service Inspection" as your request category. 

You can also take a look at our lead service map to see our records of your home with respect to lead service.
Malden Lead Service Line Map

To properly determine if your home has a lead service line you should contact us using the information above or a licensed plumber can assist in inspecting. 

Lead service lines are generally a dull gray color and are very soft.  You can identify them easily by carefully scratching with a key.  If the pipe is made of lead, the area you've scratched will turn a bright silver color.  Do not use a knife or other sharp instrument and take care not to puncture a hole in the pipe.

A lead pipe can be easily scratched with a key. (photo courtesy of US EPA Region 5)Lead service lines often have a "bulb" shaped connection (photo courtesy of US EPA Region 5)