Public Works & Utilities


Lead FAQ's

Service lines have two parts, the public and the privately owned portion, and the materials for each can be different.  The city does not have a complete inventory of all private portions, but does have the majority of public portions identified.  If the private side of your service has not been verified, we will need to schedule a free inspection to check your service for lead.

Schedule a free appointment to identify the private side of your service line online at:

Notifications are mailed annually to property owners who have known lead service lines. You may also contact Engineering at 218-730-5200 or 218-730-5101 to find out the material of your public service line.

Property owners will be notified 6 to 9 months in advance of a planned replacement project in their neighborhood.  Funding will be a major factor to the pace the city is able to conduct replacement projects.

The privately owned portion of the service line is the responsibility of the property owner.  Under the Lead Removal Program, owners will sign an agreement allowing the city to conduct a service line replacement at no charge to the property owner.  Property owners may choose to replace their line outside of the program at their own expense.

No, any replacements or repairs made by the property owner outside of the Lead Removal Program are not eligible for reimbursement.

Lead can accumulate in the body over time, causing permanent health effects. Adults may experience high blood pressure and kidney damage while infants and children are at risk for learning, behavior and other health problems. Parents of young children and pregnant women should be particularly aware of the risks associated with lead exposure. See our Education and Resources page for more info.

No, when choosing a water filter or water filtration system for your home, you should ensure it is NSF Certified and rated to ANSI Standard 53 or 58.

The ZeroWater Pitcher with 5-Stage filter the City of Duluth offers is rated ANSI Standard 53.

Yes, replacement water filters can be requested on the Water Pitcher Program page or by calling 218-730-5101.