News Release - Mayor Malik D. Evans Launches “Get the Lead Out Together” Campaign

 City of Rochester   

News Release

Mayor Malik D. Evans Launches “Get the Lead Out Together” Campaign

(Monday, May 15, 2023) –
Mayor Malik D. Evans launched the “Get the Lead Out Together” campaign today asking city residents to play a part in the City’s plan to identify water service lines that may be composed of lead-containing materials. 

The campaign is part of a comprehensive effort the City is taking to upgrade its water infrastructure. $43.3 million has already been allocated for replacing lead-related water service lines. The City is recognized as a national leader in this area; Mayor Evans was invited by the White House to participate in a national lead pipe summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this year.

There are currently an estimated 21,763 public side (outside) and 4,500 private side (inside) water service lines potentially in need of eventual replacement. 60 percent of these lines are in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

By identifying and reporting the type of water service line that comes into their homes, residents can aid in the creation of a comprehensive inventory and help replacement efforts progress. To find out if you have an unknown water service line go to  enter your address and click the water tab.

“The City recognizes the importance of removing lead and galvanized steel service lines in our water distribution system,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “Once you have identified and reported your water service line, lend a hand to a neighbor, family member, or friend that might need help to do the same. We won’t get this done overnight, but together, we can work to ensure that every resident, no matter what street they live on, has access to clean, safe drinking water.”

The City is currently investing significantly in lead service water line replacements and is supplementing local monies with Federal funds allocated to it through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The City will continue to seek additional Federal funds to provide needed resources to accelerate the effort and complete all the replacements needed.

To check your water service line, follow the step-by-step instructions on how to test and report your water service line at If you are unable to do the test, schedule an appointment with the City Water Bureau to do it for you. To schedule an appointment, call or text (585) 866-9258 or email

If you are concerned about your water quality, you can have your water tested free of charge by calling (585) 428-6680 x1 or emailing, learn more at