Water Line Descriptions

How to check

  1. Look at your water meter.

(It may be inside or in meter pit outside of your home)

  1. Scratch the pipe.
  2. Look below at Pipe Description and mark the type of material connecting your meter to the service line.
Recently, the City of Missouri Valley sent out surveys regarding water lines. Here is some information about the different materials that these pipes are made of.
Water Pipe Description
Service line material is either galvanized steel, lead, copper or plastic. You can perform some tests on the private side of your service line to determine the material. One test is the scratch test. By scratching the private side of your service line with a quarter, you will be able to determine the material. You can also perform the magnet test by attempting to stick a magnet to the line. Read on to find out how to conduct these tests:
Lead lines will be shiny when scratched with a quarter. A magnet WILL NOT stick to the pipe.
Galvanized steel lines will be dull gray in color when scratched with a quarter. A magnet WILL stick to the pipe.
Copper pipes will be shiny and bronze in color when scratched with a quarter. A magnet WILL NOT stick to the pipe.
If you have any question, reach out to a local plumber to see if they have any information on your property. Also, you can call City Hall at 712-642-3502.