How to Turn Off Water Meter

HOW TO TURN OFF WATER AT THE METER

In case of an emergency, it is important to know the location of the water shut-off valve for your home.  If you are unable to locate or operate the shut-off valve in your home, another alternative is to turn off your water meter to your home.

Tools Needed:

  • Screw Driver
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Curb Stop Key (if available) also known as a T-handle or T-bar

Directions:

  • Locate your water meter.  Meters are typically close to the street and have a rectangle shaped metal or plastic lid.
  • Remove the lid off the meter box. A standard screw driver can be used to help lift the lid.
  • On the street side of the meter, locate the oblong knob (as pictured below). This is the main shut-off valve also referred to as the angle stop.
  • The angle stop has two loops, one on each side. The middle of the angle stop is marked with an arrow, indicating the direction the water is flowing.
  • To turn water off, place the curb stop key over the center of the angle stop. If you do not have access to a curb stop key, you can improvise using a crescent wrench and screw driver by doing the following:
    • Place the jaws of a crescent wrench over the angle stop with the handle sticking up.
    • Insert a screw driver through the hole in the handle of the crescent wrench to create a tee handle. 
    • Turn the curb stop key, or make-shift tee handle, clockwise until both loops are together, approximately 180 degrees. (as pictured below)

 

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If the angle stop has not been operated in a long time, it could be locked up.

Whatever you do, DO NOT FORCE THE ANGLE STOP.

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If it will not turn with a reasonable amount of pressure, call HCWA at 770-957-6659.