Q: How can I tell if my water contains lead?

To determine if your water has lead, have your water tested. Since you cannot see, taste, or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only sure way of telling whether or not there are harmful...

To determine if your water has lead, have your water tested. Since you cannot see, taste, or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only sure way of telling whether or not there are harmful quantities of lead in your drinking water. Consider testing particularly if your home has lead pipes (lead is a dull gray metal that is soft enough to be easily scratched with a house key), if you see signs of corrosion (frequent leaks, rust-colored water, stained dishes or laundry. Your water supplier may have useful information, including whether or not the service connector used in your home or area is made of lead.