Rocky Mount Public Works will soon begin doing an inventory of all Town water lines as
required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). New federal regulations
also require the Town to work with customers to determine whether water pipes in homes and
businesses contain lead.
A letter was sent out in the May water bills updating property owners on the Town’s upcoming
work to inventory all water lines (you can find the letter here). This letter asked each property
owner to help the Town identify the water line material so that our Public Works Department
does not have to go to each property and determine the material. If Public Works has to
determine the material, they will use a process that involves digging an 8-inch wide hole on one
or both sides of the water meter to identify the water pipe material. That hole would then be
filled and seeded as necessary. The letter outlined the steps to identify the water line material and
a form for the property owner to complete and mail back to us with that information.
There is still time for property owners to complete the form and return to the Town before Public
Works arrives to access the water meter lines. (The form can be found here). The Town received
hundreds of these completed forms from property owners which will save significant time and
taxpayer funds because workers will not have to physically visit each property to inspect the
lines coming into and out of each property’s water meter.