How can I find out if my home may have lead in its plumbing?

If you’re concerned your home plumbing may contain lead in its pipes or fittings, you may want to have your water tested by a state-certified laboratory. Testing is the only way to confirm if lead is present or absent. For more information on testing your water, contact a drinking water laboratory. Here are three in our area:

  • Soil Control Lab, Watsonville, 831-724-5422
  • Monterey Bay Analytical Services, Monterey, 831-375-MBAS (6227)
  • Bolsa Analytical Lab, Hollister, 831-637-4590

For more information, please visit the California Division of Drinking Water’s Lead Sampling in Drinking Water for Individual Homeowners webpage.

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1. What is lead?
2. How can I be exposed to lead?
3. What are the risks of lead exposure?
4. How does lead get into drinking water?
5. How will I know if my drinking water has lead in it?
6. How can I find out if my home may have lead in its plumbing?
7. How can I reduce my exposure to lead in my drinking water?
8. Should I test my children for exposure to lead?
9. What is the State doing to protect children from elevated lead in drinking water?
10. What are the District’s most recent lead monitoring results?