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Do you know how to turn off the water to your home if there is an emergency?
There are a couple of ways to turn off the water at your property. If you have a water emergency inside the home, locate your house shut-off valve. Water meters are installed inside concrete or plastic meter boxes and placed close to the street so they can be easily read by an EID staff member. The pressure regulator and gate valve will be next to the water meter. However, in some cases where a residence is a long distance from EID’s main water line, the gate valve may be difficult to locate in an emergency—it is important to plan ahead. Often these boxes, wherever they are located, can be overgrown with vegetation. It is the customer’s responsibility to keep the area free of vegetation.
Keeping your meter and regulator boxes clear of debris and vegetation will help you in case you need to turn off your water—EID meter services staff also appreciate it! Knowing how to shut off your water ahead of time can prevent water damage to your property in the event of an earthquake, winter freeze, or other emergency. For more go to www.eid.org/customers/maintenance/how-to-turn-off-water-in-an-emergency. If you are unable to turn your water off during an emergency, call EID staff at any time of the day or night at 530-642-4000.
This article was featured in the November / December 2016 issue of The Waterfront.