Lead Pipe Replacement

Lead pipe replacement has become more and more common as people look to improve their water supply pipes for a cleaner more efficient MDPE supply pipe which will eliminate lead content to their drinking taps and also give greater water flow into the property to help with the demands of todays appliances such as combi-boilers, showers etc. If your property was built pre 1970’s then there’s a very good chance the incoming water supply pipe is made from lead. Watermains & Drains can carry out a free site survey and provide a free no obligation quote to replace lead pipes with minimal disruption to your property and most installations are completed in one day by our fully qualified WIAPS approved engineers.

Lead Replacement Scheme

The lead replacement scheme was introduced to help reduce lead content in our drinking water due to it being a potentially hazardous material so its important to eliminate the risks from your water supply at home. All you need to do is have a new water supply installed from your internal stop tap up to your garden boundary then your local water authority will replace the lead communications pipe from the main in the road up to your boundary, usually free of charge.

There are many benefits to lead replacement which include a greater water flow which is crucial for combi-boilers, peace of mind from future leaks and cleaner, healthier drinking water for you and your family.

Once accepted onto the scheme we can arrange for our WIAPS approved plumbers to replace the pipework from your internal stop tap up to the boundary of your property. After this stage has been completed then the local water authority will replace the lead from your boundary up to the watermain in the road.

To find out if your property will be accepted onto the scheme, you will need to contact your local water authorities connections team to confirm acceptance and receive a application number which we will require.

Below are local water authorities lead pipe replacement contact numbers and links if you would like to make a online application.

United Utilities – 0345 072 6067 – United Utilities Lead Replacement Scheme
Yorkshire Water – 0345 1 24 24 24 – Yorkshire Water Lead Pipe Replacement Scheme
Severn Trent – 0800 707 6600 – Severn Trent Lead Pipe Replacement Scheme
South Staffs Water – 0845 345 1399 – South Staffs Lead Replacement Scheme
Anglian Water – 0345 60 66 087 – Anglian Water Lead Replacement Scheme

Reasons to replace your lead water supply pipe:

Low water pressure
Multiple bursts
Furred up lead, copper or cast iron pipes
If your property was built pre-1970
Home renovation works
New driveway being laid
Increase flow for a more efficient combi boiler
Replace potentially harmful lead pipes
Cleaner drinking water for you and your family

The risks of lead pipes

Lead can accumulate in the body which can be very harmful. Children up to 6 years of age and pregnant woman are the most susceptible to any adverse health effects from the accumulation of lead and it has been considered for many years that lead has the potential to affect physical and mental development in children. For this reason many people purchasing older properties and wanting to start a family usually look to eliminate any risks posed from lead water supply pipes so they have cleaner, healthier drinking water feeding their property.

For more in depth information on the dangers of lead in drinking water please visit dwi.defra.gov.uk