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Service Line Inventory

The EPA recently announced steps to strengthen the regulatory framework on lead in drinking water. This includes an initiative to find all lead water service lines in the distribution systems of every water utility in the US. This includes the private service lines that connect your home to the City's water main.

Please note that this is only an inventory to help each water utility and their customers determine if lead service lines exist. Please see the information further down this page for more information about lead in drinking water.

The City already tests for lead as part of the EPA's monitoring rules and has been on reduced monitoring due to absence of lead in sampling. The City also has an established aging infrastructure replacement program to replace old cast iron & galvanized iron water mains and the services from the main to the meter and has, to-date, not found any lead mains or service lines. 


If your water service dates back to 1987 or earlier, please take this 5-minute survey to help us identify possible lead service lines.
As a thank you, we’ll credit $5 towards your next water bill.

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Printable Survey Instructions (PDF)

Are You In the Survey Area?
The lead survey area is outlined in the blue color in the map. Homes in the survey area are believed to be more likely to have lead or galvanized water services due to the average age of the homes in this area and/or the material of the City water main. Click the map below to launch a searchable version of the map.

Water Line Survey Area Map

How To Determine Your Water Line Material
To complete the survey, you'll need to determine if you have a lead, galvanized steel, copper, or plastic service line.

Tools You’ll Need
    • Flathead-screwdriver, or coin
    • Refrigerator magnet
Check Your Service Line
    1. Find the water service line entering your house as close as possible to the point of entry (where is this?)
    2. Use the flathead screwdriver or coin to carefully scratch the pipe surface.
    3. Compare the lines in your home to the line descriptions listed in the illustrations.
      Snap a photo of the line.
    4. Complete the survey.

Gray or silver: Scratch the pipe with a screwdriver or coin. If the scraped area is shiny silver and flakes off, the service line is lead. A magnet will not stick to a lead pipe.

example_galvanized_steelGray or silver: A magnet will stick to a galvanized steel service line. A scratch test is not needed. If you scratch the pipe, it will remain a dull gray.

example_copperDull brown or greenish: Scratch the pipe with a screwdriver or coin. If the scraped area is copper in color, like a penny, your service line is copper. A magnet will not stick to a copper pipe.

example_plasticRed, blue, black, or white: You DO NOT have lead service line. A magnet will not stick to a plastic pipe. A scratch test is not needed.

Where is my water service line located?
Water service lines are usually located in one of three places:

  • BASEMENT    The incoming water service in your home can either come from the basement floor or from within the basement wall.
  • CRAWLSPACE     If you have a crawlspace, the water service line should route through your foundation and enter from the floor.
  • SLAB      If your home is on a slab, the incoming water service should come up through the main floor (typically in a utility closet).
Further questions contact the City of Bardstown 502-348-5947

Lead in drinking water
Learn more about lead, its health effects, and what we're doing to comply with the EPA's regulations.

What is lead?

Lead in drinking water

Potential health effects of lead

EPA regulatory changes for drinking water

What is the City of Bardstown Water Department doing to meet these requirements?

Where can I find more information about lead in drinking water?

What happens if I have lead pipes in my house?