Lead & Copper Rule

Wichita’s Water Quality

The City of Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities department takes great pride and care in treating its drinking water. Due to diligent testing and monitoring, there is no concern with lead and copper in the water that is produced and delivered to our customers. Public Works & Utilities has a long-standing history of meeting all regulatory standards, which can be found in the Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) that is published yearly. Wichita has also replaced over 10,000 public lead service lines within the distribution system in recent years. To view the Water Quality Report and for more information about our public water supply page.

The Lead & Copper Rule and Upcoming Revisions

The Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is a federal regulation established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect public health and reduce exposure to lead and copper in drinking water. It sets action levels and requirements for monitoring and control. The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes and brass or bronze faucets and fixtures. Learn more about the Lead and Copper rule at the EPA's lead and copper page  and information about the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) coming in 2024. 

Although Public Works & Utilities is meeting all current regulations, there are new revisions on the horizon for the Lead & Copper Rule. These revisions add new requirements related to lead and galvanized service lines on the private property side. Be aware that with these new rules and regulations, you may be asked to sample your water or visually inspect your water service lines to gather information for the City’s inventory of public and private service lines.

What is the City doing about the new rule revisions?

The City of Wichita is undertaking an effort to identify all lead service lines, both public and private, by October 2024. Over 10,000 public service lines have already been replaced. All public service lines that have not been previously identified will be replaced immediately. As private service lines are not legally part of the City’s water distribution infrastructure, it is ultimately up to the property owner to replace any lead service lines on the private property side. Information and resources will be provided as they become available.


What Can I Do?

  1. Identify if you have lead service lines: This can be done by contacting a licensed plumber or using the EPA’s guide “Protect Your Tap: A Quick Check for Lead | US EPA.” Report your water service line material to the City of Wichita by filling out this survey. This will help us complete our inventory of service lines.
  2. Stay informed: Learn about lead by watching this short YouTube video “Together, Let’s Get the Lead Out”. Keep up to date with the latest news about Lead & Copper by visiting the EPA’s lead page and the KDHE’s Lead and Copper rule page.

Certified Labs in Kansas

Lab Contact Phone Email City
Keystone Laboratories, Inc. Jerry Dawson (641) 792-8451 [email protected] Kansas City
Meridian Analytical Laboratory Duane Koszalka (316) 618-8787 [email protected] Wichita
Pace Analytical Services, Inc. Charles Girgin (913) 599-5665   Frontenac
Pace Analytical Services, Inc.   (913) 599-5665 [email protected] Lenexa
SDK Laboratories Dennis Hogan (620) 665-5661 [email protected] Hutchinson
Servi-Tech Steve Harrold (620) 227-7123 [email protected] Dodge City