How to turn off city water main valve ?

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Old 02-23-17, 10:29 AM
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How to turn off city water main valve ?

Hello all,

My house is equipped with this style of shut off valve.

What is the correct way to turn it off in emergency?

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Old 02-23-17, 10:53 AM
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Is that the valve or a cover over the valve? If it is indeed the valve, I'd ask the water dept.
Usually the main cut off valve is part of the meter.
 
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That's the cover for the valve the actual valve could be as far down is 4 feet. Depending on where you live for frost line purposes. You'll need a long water key which you can find at Home Depot. But I will look into installing a main shut off valve Somewhere near the house that you can get to
 
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Old 02-23-17, 12:27 PM
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I can't see there being a need to touch the municipal valve.
As long as your valve works it is not necessary and if you have a problem with the valve in your house now is the time to fix it.

Besides, it is fairly common for a curb stop to fail and if it does when you touch it guess who pays the bill to fix it.
 
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Old 02-23-17, 09:53 PM
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I agree with Greg. Make sure your house shutoff valve works well (or at least reasonably well) and your family knows where it is if there's a leak.

Any outside-the-house leak can be shut off by the water company via their emergency hotline. I would always let them turn it on/off so they have to fix it if they break it.
 
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Old 02-25-17, 07:59 PM
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Hello all,

I have a main water shut-valve at home and is functional.

I simply want to know how to operate the city valve just in case of emergence.

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Old 02-25-17, 08:34 PM
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Ok..... putting all the warnings aside about possibly damaging the valve while turning it off.

You unscrew that cap counter-clockwise. It may be rusted on and require a pipe wrench.
You go to a plumbing supply, many hardware stores and even some home improvement stores like home depot and purchase a water main key.

The tool gets inserted into the pipe until it engages the valve below ground.
Turning clockwise to shut off the water.

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Old 02-25-17, 08:42 PM
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I can't imagine any emergency that would require touching that valve.

There are a few different key sizes and some stop valves are a globe style that take multiple turns to operate and others are 1/4 turn ball style.
So, what do you do if the valve is stiff when you try to shut it off which some are?....continue turning to close or break a 1/4 turn valve?
 
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Old 02-26-17, 04:19 AM
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You'd want to turn off the meter valve if there is a leak between the meter and the house. I have over 500' of PVC between the meter and my house. I've shut the water off at the meter countless times over the years although the last leak I had the meter valve would no longer completely shut off and I ended up installing a ball valve next to it.
 
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