Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is committed to
providing customers with water that meets all state and federal
drinking water standards. With more than 500 highly qualified
employees, our expert team at Golden State Water includes
scientists and engineers whose top priority is protecting the
quality of your water supply.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recently
revised the Lead and Copper Rule, requiring all water providers
to develop a comprehensive inventory of their water service
lines. While Golden State Water has records of the
company-owned service lines, there is little information
available about the customer-owned portions.
Golden State Water is required to conduct an inventory of lead
and copper pipes located on their customers’ property. Generally,
this evaluation and inventory can be conducted by visually
inspecting the customer’s meter box. As the rules require, Golden
State Water must complete the initial inventory process before
October 2024.Starting in April of 2023, Golden State Water will
begin to identify customer-owned service line materials and has
selected a number of service lines to inspect.
When were lead pipes used?
It is common for homes built before 1986 to contain lead water
pipes and fittings.
What is a water service line?
A water service line is a line that carries water from the main
GSWC pipes in the streets to your home or building.
What is the Lead and Copper Rule?
In 1991, the EPA published a regulation to control lead and
copper in drinking water known as the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).
The LCR has undergone many revisions since it was introduced,
that can be found here.
How do I know if I have a lead service line?
If Golden State Water identifies lead pipes on your property,
customers will be notified within 30 -days of their lead status;
whether it exists or its status has not been determined.
To help identify if you have a lead service line, customers
can use this helpful quiz.
How do I report inventory on my pipes?
Help Golden State Water identify whether your property has a lead
service line by filling out a questionnaire here.
Is my water meeting all state and federal drinking water
GSWC would like to assure customers that we monitor and test
regularly to ensure the water we deliver meets all state and
federal drinking water standards, including those for lead and
copper as found in the Revised Lead and Copper Rule.
Who owns the water service line on my property?
Golden State Water owns the service line from the main in the
street to the meter box and the property owner owns the service
line from the meter box to their home or building foundation.
How will the revised Lead and Copper Rule impact Golden State
The Revised Lead and Copper rule aims to enhance drinking water
safety and quality for all Golden State Water customers. Golden
State Water doesn’t have any lead service lines on its side, so
retrofitting existing service lines that could affect water
service is unlikely. Golden State Water employees may need to
work near your water meter box to identify the material
composition of customer-side service lines. Golden State Water
will notify you if we plan to work around your meter box.
How can I learn more?
Customers seeking additional information are encouraged
here for resources published by the USEPA, click
here for information from the American Water Works
Association, or contact Golden State Water at 800-999-4033.