Lead Water Line Information

  1. Water Service Line Survey
  2. Skokie Water Service Map
  3. Lead in Drinking Water Information

It is likely that many lead water service lines in Skokie have been replaced with copper since the drinking water system was built in the 1920s.  In an effort to expedite verifying the material composition of water lines, the Village of Skokie encourages all property owners to fill out the Water Service Line Material Survey

For property owners who are unsure of the material composition of the water line connecting your property to the water main, the following instructions will help identify key characteristics of both lead and copper water lines.

Instructions for identifying the material composition of your water service line: 

Possible tools needed (some conclusions can be made by observation):

  • a key or coin
  • a refrigerator magnet

Locate the water service line coming into the property.  This is typically found in the basement or lowest level of the structure.  The picture below may help to assist with locating the water line point of entry.

Identify a test area on the pipe between the point where it comes into the home and the inlet valve.  If the pipe is covered or wrapped, expose a small area of metal.

Lead Pipe Web Site 1 Picture displays the typical inlet valve and meter. This photo shows a lead service line. Area to test is the vertical pipe to the bottom right.

 Use the edge of the key or coin to scratch through any corrosion that may have built up on the outside of the pipe.  Do not use a knife or other sharp instrument and take care not to puncture a hole in the pipe. 

  • Copper Water Service Line

Lead Pipe Web Site 2 Copper Pipe


If the scraped area is copper in color, like a penny, your service line is copper.  A magnet will not stick to a copper service line.

  • Lead Water Service Line

Lead Pipe Web Site 3

If the scraped area is shiny and silver, the service line is lead.  The refrigerator magnet will not stick to a lead pipe; however, it will stick to a galvanized connector.  If the refrigerator magnet sticks to the connector, the water service line is most likely lead.