Customer Initiated Private Side Lead Replacement

Private-side Only Lead Replacements

For residents with lead pipe on private property and non-lead pipe in public space the Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program (LPRAP) uses District funds to provide a free or discounted replacement. 

Figure 1: If only the portion on private property is lead, the District will pay for 50%, 80%, or 100% of private-side costs. 

Property owners can receive a 50% discount, regardless of income. Some residents will qualify for 100% coverage depending on household size and income. 

Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program (LPRAP) 

First, check our lead map to confirm there is lead pipe on private property and non-lead in public space. The map will look like the image below with a GREEN/GRAY circle on your property if you are eligible for this program. 

If you believe the map is inaccurate, take photos of the pipe material at point of entry and email lead@dcwater.com

Note: DO NOT START WORK until your application with the Department of Energy and Environment has been approved and you have received a benefit confirmation letter. See application process below.  

Do I qualify for assistance? 

Every property owner can receive a 50% discount, regardless of income. Some residents will qualify for 100% coverage depending on household size and income.

How do I sign up?

  1. Fill out the application online or print and send by mail to:

    District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
    Lead Pipe Replacement Program
    301 Bryant St NW
    Washington, DC 20001

     Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Applications must include:

    • Income verification documents (if seeking assistance beyond 50% capped at $2,500)
    • Recent DC Water bill
       
  2. Once DOEE has approved the application, homeowners must use a contractor from the Approved List.  
     
  3. Contractor must provide a completed Cost Proposal form to the homeowner with proper documentation. This includes:
    • proposed construction methods
    • detailed price quote for the work
    • length of pipe to be replaced
    • pipe material to be installed
    • documentation of any special conditions
    • permit fee estimates
    • photos for visual identification of pipe
       
  4. Submit Cost Proposal to DC Water. 
    Note: DO NOT START WORK until your application with the Department of Energy and Environment has been approved, the Cost Proposal has been approved by DC Water, and you have received a benefit confirmation letter.