Date Your House

Date Your Home and Plumbing

Knowing the age of your home and plumbing components in your home will help you understand your risk of lead exposure through pipes, solder, and potable water faucets and fixtures.

1953 - Cleveland Water stopped using lead service line connections.

1954 - Homes built this year or after should not have lead city-owned service lines in the Cleveland Water service area.

1986 - Amendments to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act were enacted to reduce lead in drinking water. The amendments:

  • Defined “lead-free” to limit the allowable level of lead in brass components in faucets and fixtures to less than 8% lead.
  • Reduced the amount of allowable lead in solder that connects copper pipes to less than 0.2%. Prior to that solder was typically 50% lead.
  • Prohibited the use of lead pipes for potable water uses. (i.e., homes built in 1986 and more recent and plumbing systems remodeled after 1986 should not have lead customer-owned service line connections or lead pipes in their water system).

1997 - Cleveland Water begins treatment techniques (pH control and orthophosphate addition) to meet the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule, which requires less than 15 parts per billion (PPB) of lead in water from homes that have lead in their plumbing systems. Since 1997, our compliance test results have been below 15 ppb.

2014 - Another Safe Drinking Water Act Amendment goes into effect that redefines “lead-free” as less than 0.25% lead allowed in the wetted surface areas of potable water components (faucets, fixtures, meters, etc.).

2018 - New Ohio Administrative Code rules go into effect requiring specific notifications, offers for filters, sampling, etc. for water line repairs and replacements in areas that may have lead service lines.