How does lead and copper from pipes get into my drinking water?

Water, by its very nature, is corrosive to most metals over time. Corrosive is just another term to describe the ability of water to dissolve lead or copper in a customer’s plumbing into the drinking water. A water treatment facility can minimize water’s corrosive tendencies by adjusting the pH (acidity) of the water, monitoring the amount of dissolved minerals in the water which may inhibit corrosion, and by adding other chemicals, such as phosphates, to protect the water pipes. Because Southlake purchases its treated drinking water from the City of Fort Worth, the City of Southlake advises the City of Fort Worth on the quality of the water which we receive in order to ensure the utmost quality for our customers.

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1. Where does lead and copper found in drinking water come from?
2. How does lead and copper from pipes get into my drinking water?
3. Why is lead and copper testing important?
4. Does my home contain lead and copper?
5. Is there anything I can do to protect myself from high levels of lead or copper dissolved from my own plumbing?
6. How is the water in Southlake tested for lead and copper?
7. How were the sample sites for Southlake testing selected?
8. How can I access the results of lead and copper testing in Southlake?
9. Can I have my home tested for lead and copper?
10. What have Southlake’s lead and copper test results indicated about our water?