COH Lead and copper survey

Houston Public Works has extended its survey to offer free water testing for qualified homes that may have lead or copper pipes, according to a Sept. 1 news release from the city.

The city said copper and lead can get into drinking water primarily through plumbing materials, and the survey will help officials determine which residents may be eligible for free lead and water testing.

Included among questions that will be posed to survey participants will be those inquiring about when their home was built, whether the plumbing has been replaced in the home and whether a house has a whole-home water filtration system.

Community members can access the nine-question survey by going to

If they qualify for free testing, residents will receive an email from the city before the end of the year. A testing kit will be dropped off at the front door, the city said, with instructions on how to sample water from the kitchen or bathroom sink. Residents can then leave the sample outside their door for pickup.

For more information or to ask questions about the survey or free testing, email

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