Sioux Falls is on the lookout for lead water pipes and you can help.

The city's Water Purification Department is taking part in a mandatory, nationwide effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to locate potential lead public and private water lines, and your assistance can make that job a lot easier.

The goal is to identify and remove any remaining public and private lead pipes. Lead has been proven to be toxic to humans and animals. Lead water pipes have been banned in the United States since 1986.

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Officials say that in just five minutes, you can determine whether pipes at your home or business are lead-based.

All you'll need is a coin or tool, a magnet, and a smartphone to take and upload photos.

Check out this video for more information:

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If the presence of lead is found in your pipes, a drinking water test will be performed to determine if further action needs to be taken.

Removal and replacement of lead service lines on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

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