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Posted on: September 27, 2023

Water Service Line Material Identification

Graphic depicting where and how to test customer-owned water service lines

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring the City of Sidney Water Department to report customer-owned service line material. We need help from local residents to obtain the data to be reported to the Ohio EPA and for the planning of future infrastructure projects. 

The customer-owned service line extends from the curb stop or meter pit into the basement or crawl space of residential homes. Customer-owned service line material should be tested where the line first enters the home, which is typically in the basement or crawl space before the first shut-off valve. If the home is on a slab, it would be coming up through the concrete floor. 

Identification of the type of material used for residential service lines is simple and can be done by using a magnet and a penny. 

Lead Pipe

    A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe.

    Scratch the pipe with a coin. If the area scraped is shiny silver & flakes off, the service line is lead.

Copper Pipe

    A magnet will not stick to a copper pipe.

    Scratch the pipe with a penny. If the area scraped is copper in color, the service line is copper.    

Galvanized Steel Pipe

    If a magnet sticks to the surface, the service line is galvanized steel.

    A scratch test is not needed. If you scratch the pipe, it will remain a dull gray.

Residents should record their results and EMAIL the City of Sidney Water Department at: serviceline@sidneyoh.com. Please include your Name, Address, and Service Line Material in your email.


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