Should I replace my lead pipes?
We would encourage you to consider replacing lead pipes and any associated plumbing fittings (including solder joints or valves) that may contain lead.
We advise that you buy from reputable suppliers and check that the materials you are purchasing are approved by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS). WRAS material approvals are only granted to products which meet the schemes strict acceptance criteria.
You may need to speak to a plumber. Approved plumbers can be found through WaterSafe or on the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme WIAPS. Approved plumbers may be able to advise and provide a quote for pipe and fitting replacement work.
By selecting products that are certified by the relevant approval regulations will ensure that your plumbing system is lead free.
Some local authorities provide support with replacement of lead pipes, so it may be worth speaking to them before carrying out any work.
There's more information about replacing lead supply pipes in section 8 of Our Customer Promise.
If your lead pipe is leaking you may be entitled to a contribution of up to £250 towards replacing it. Full details can be found here in our Code of Practice on Leakage for Domestic Customers.