Project #4693

Service Line Material Identification Techniques

In Progress
Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Mr. Jonathan Cuppett
American Water
Lead & Copper
Distribution System Management
Water Quality


This project will review and assess water service line material type technologies and related procedures and approaches, specifically targeting the identification of lead service pipes running from the water main to the customer building. The goal is subdivided into two parts: determining whether lead pipe exists in the run of pipe from “main to curb” (generally within public property), and whether it exists on the private property side.

The outcomes, success and shortcomings of the field evaluation and case studies will be discussed in the final report. The report will include a comparison matrix of advantages and limitations of new and previously tested technologies and approaches identified during the literature review, case study evaluations, and field piloting.