Providence Water, although a department of the City of Providence, is regulated by state and federal agencies in addition to city policies and procedures. The quality of our treated drinking water is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Health. Our revenue and rate structure is regulated by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

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Lead Service Location Map

To find out if your home currently has a utility-owned public lead service line, simply click on the following link to look up your home's address or call us at (401) 521-6303.

View Lead Service Location Map

Of Providence Water's 74,000 customers, 12,300 have a lead service from the utility. Please call us at (401) 521-6303 to see if your address has lead service. There are several things you can do on your own to check to see if you have a lead service coming into your home:

  • Locate your service pipe at the meter. Scratch the service line with a coin. If you have a lead service line, the pipe will be a dull gray color.
  • Try attaching a magnet to your service line. A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe.

Prior to 1940, lead was commonly used in the manufacture and installation of water service pipes.  Some of our utility-owned public service lines in our systems are made of lead. If too much lead enters your body, it can pose significant health risks, especially to children.