Does our water system contain any lead pipes?

Neither Allen nor NTMWD water transmission and distribution systems have components containing lead. The NTMWD water that comes to Allen does not flow into the water systems of any other cities. So although other cities may have pipes containing lead, it cannot get into either NTMWD or Allen’s water distribution system.

The most common way lead enters drinking water is through brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder. Significant amounts of lead can enter the water through these fixtures, especially through hot water. Although lead-free solder has been required for many years, homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures containing lead or pre-1986 lead containing solder.

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1. What is temporary change in disinfectant (TCD)?
2. What is a "chlorine burn" and is it different than "chlorine maintenance" or "TCD"?
3. Can you reduce the amount of chlorine in the water so the taste and odor isn’t as noticeable and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) are reduced?
4. What are disinfection by-products (DBP)?
5. Does Allen comply with DBP limits? How do we know tests are accurate?
6. Does our water system contain any lead pipes?
7. How does Allen regulate levels of lead and copper?
8. Where can I learn more about lead and copper in drinking water?
9. Where does the list of regulated contaminants and allowed concentration limits or ranges come from?
10. How are new contaminants selected for the list of contaminants and how are the limits established?
11. What are the guidelines on commercial flushing?
12. How can I influence water quality and safety?