Resources to Help Eliminate Lead in Drinking Water
Replacing Lead Lines
If a homeowner owns a lead service line, the homeowner is responsible for costs associated with replacing the lead line on their property. We offer no-interest loans through the Malden Redevelopment Authority to those who qualify. These loans are based on available funding. To find out more information, you can contact the Malden Redevelopment Authority at 781-397-1940 or visit their Healthy Homes/Rehab Office to speak with a Rehabilitation Specialist at:
176 Pearl Street
Malden, MA 02148
The City of Malden will also work with residents who choose to replace a private lead service line by also making every effort to replace the corresponding City service line if it is found to be made of lead.
How to Reduce Lead Exposure
- If your water has gone unused for more than 6 hours, run any faucet used for drinking or cooking until it is consistently cold (usually about 30 seconds to 2 minutes) before drinking or cooking with it. The flushing of your tap ensures the best quality water.
- Use only cold water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula/food for infants.
Please note that boiling water does not eliminate lead. If there is lead in your water, boiling it will increase lead levels.
- Other steps that may be taken include installing water filters that meet the standard for effective lead reduction, identify if your plumbing fixtures or water piping contain lead and replacing them, and having your water tested.
- The Water Department will provide free testing of water for any homeowner or tenant as well as an inspection of water service to determine material. For further information call 781-397-7040 or email Engineering.
- It is also suggested that parents have their child's blood tested for lead through their health care provider or the Malden Board of Health at 781-397-7052.
- Be careful of places you may find lead in your home. Some household items such as pottery, makeup, toys, and jewelry may contain lead. Lead paint was outlawed in 1978, but paint, soil, and dust from homes that still have lead paint are the most common source of exposure to lead. Therefore, make sure to wash your children's hands and toys often as they come into contact with dirt and dust containing lead.