Questions About Lead


In addition to testing by St Paul Region Water Service, the City of Roseville tests the water often for lead. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the testing we do as part of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Our testing results to date have not shown measurable levels of lead in the water. 

What is lead and why is it a problem?

Lead is a common metal found in air, soil, household dust, and water. It is also found in consumer products, some types of food, pottery, pewter and lead-based paint. If breathed in or swallowed, lead can build up in the body. If too much lead enters the body, it can damage the brain, nervous system, red blood cells, and kidneys. Children, infants, and pregnant women are at greater risk.

What if a lead water service pipe is found

If residents identify their service pipe as lead, City staff will arrange an inspection to confirm. Although lead service pipes are very unlikely, if the pipe is confirmed lead, the City will provide recommendations and possible resources to replace the water service line. Per City Code, property owners own the entire water service from the water main to their home.