How to Turn Off Your Water

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Suggested tools to turn off water at the meter

If a water pipe in your home or yard breaks, would you know how to shut off the water to avoid flooding? Find out where your water meter and shut-off valve are located before there’s an emergency.

Turning off water at the meter

Water meters, owned and maintained by the City of Bellevue, are located in a small meter box in the ground near the street or edge of the property. Look for a white stripe six- to eight-inches long painted on the curb. Crews use this stripe to quickly find the shutoff during emergencies. The water meter and shut-off valve are both located inside the meter box. (You may also have a shut-off valve in your basement or garage.)

To shut off your water with the shut-off valve in the meter box, use an adjustable wrench to turn the valve CLOCKWISE. Please maintain safe and direct access to your water meter. By eliminating obstructions such as overgrown vegetation, gravel and parked vehicles, meter readers will be able to read the meter more easily, and it will be easier to turn off your water in the event of an emergency.