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Posted on: November 7, 2023

City of Cumberland Lead Service Line Survey

Lead Service Line Survey

Press Release                                                                     

City of Cumberland Lead Service Line Survey

The City of Cumberland needs the community’s help to complete an inventory of all private water service line pipes connected to the public water system.

Check your home or business for the type of service line pipe. Then please complete the City’s online Lead Service Line Survey to inform us of the material of the water service line coming into your property. 

The City has provided information on how and where to check your service line material on the City’s website.

To prepare for the survey you will need a flashlight, a magnet, a coin and a cell phone or tablet capable of taking a picture to upload to the survey to the internet.  You will need to first locate your service line in the basement or crawl space.  Follow the helpful steps shown on the City’s website to determine the pipe material. Take a photograph of the service line and attach it to the survey, and click submit.

Why does the City of Cumberland need information about the water service pipe material in my home?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first established a lead and copper rule in 1991 to help reduce exposure and associated health effects from lead in drinking water. EPA revised the rule in 2021, requiring action by water service providers across the country. By 2024, all water utilities are required to determine where lead pipes exist in their systems, including the pipes on the customer side that connect to the public system.

The City of Cumberland has an inventory of our underground public infrastructure, which helps us manage maintenance and prioritization of repair and replacement of pipes. We need the cooperation of our customers to help us complete the inventory, showing all private side connections and pipe materials.

The information provided will help the City meet these new regulatory requirements.

For more information on the survey and Cumberland’s water quality information, visit the City’s website https://www.ci.cumberland.md.us/ , click on “Lead Service Line Survey” under Popular Links on the main page.

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