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Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program

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If the private portion of the service pipe is lead, galvanized, or brass, and the public portion is not lead, the residential property owner is eligible for the Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program (LPRAP).

As of July 1, 2023, ALL homeowners enrolled in LPRAP will receive a 100% discount on their private service line replacement.

Income Limit Guidelines for FY23 (October 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023)
The table below provides the dollar figures for income limits by household size:

Household Size Income-Eligible
Standard Assistance
1 $99,600 No Income Limit
2 $113,800
3 $128,100
4 $142,300
5 $153,700
6 $165,100
7 $176,500
8 $187,800

How is the 100% discount applied?

Every homeowner with partial service qualifies for Standard Assistance, where they will receive a 50% discount for their replacement up to $2,500 from DOEE. Costs above $2,500 were previously the homeowner’s responsibility, these costs will now be covered by DC Water using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding.

Costs above $2,500 were previously the homeowner’s responsibility, these costs will now be covered by DC Water using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding.

Assistance Level Percentage of costs covered Agency Providing Funds
Income-Eligible Assistance 100% of costs, up to the established cap.  DOEE
Standard Assistance

50% of costs, not to exceed $2,500.

As of July 1, 2023, DC Water will cover the remaining costs above $2,500. DC Water

How do I apply?

To determine if your household is eligible for LPRAP, search your address. If your private side pipes are lead, galvanized, or brass but the public spaces pipes are not, you are eligible for this program.

You can apply online, by email, or through mail:

The following documents must be submitted with the application in order to be considered:

  • Household’s most recent DC Water bill;
  • Property owner’s photo identification;
  • Proof of property ownership; and
  • Proof of income for each member of the household (if seeking approval for the income-eligible program).

What are the next steps in the process?

  1. After a Homeowner submits an application with the required documentation, DOEE will process the application and assign a relief level based on the applicant’s household size and income.
  2. DOEE will then notify the Homeowner of the assistance amount for which they have been approved and send the applicant DC Water’s Contractor List.
  3. The Homeowner will choose a contractor from the Contractor List to perform the replacement.
  4. The chosen contractor will then submit a Cost Proposal form, with the Homeowner’s signature, to DC Water for review.
  5. Once DC Water recommends approval for the Cost Proposal, DOEE will send the Homeowner a Benefit Confirmation Letter detailing next steps.

NOTE: DO NOT START WORK until your application has been approved and you have received a Benefit Confirmation Letter. DO NOT pay a deposit to the contractor.

How is the discount applied in this process?

After the replacement s complete, the contractor submits payment requests . The payment request includes documentation of the replacement and actual cost of the work. DC Water approves the payment requests and issues the payment to contractor using DOEE funds and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds. DC Water also notifies the  homeowner of payments to the contractor. The notice to the homeowner outlines how their replacement was funded, and serves as a proof of payment.

Is there a contractor list?

As of October 1st, 2021, to be eligible for LPRAP Homeowners are required to use a contractor from DC Water's FY 23 LPRAP Approved Contractor List.

What guidelines and materials should plumbers and contractors be aware of?

- Guidance for contractors/plumbers (DC Water)

Who do I contact if I need assistance?

- Call 202.299.3316 or email [email protected]

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