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Question DetailsAsked on 12/12/2012

what is the cost of installing a water shut-off valve just past the meter box?

Meter box is at the sidewalk and is owned by the local water utility. So the valve inside the meter box is only supposed to be operated by the utility.

I want my own valve on my supply line just downstream of the meter, so I don't have to call the utility every time I want a shut-off (and subsequent turn-on).

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I usually charge $300-$400 to install a shutoff valve but more often than that, I talk the customer out of that idea. In most of the areas that I work, the water company is responsible for the supply line up to and including the meter. The meter pit and lid were not installed by the water company and are yours. All you need is a pair of channel-locks (gooseneck pliers) to open the lid and to turn off your valve. Unless you mess with the meter itself, you aren't violating any laws by turning it off and on, provided you have paid your bill.

Answered 7 years ago by Vern


I would check out what the code in your area states and ask the utility company. (To be on the safe side)
If you can have a main shut off valve in your home or just outside.
My area in upstate New York allows shut off main valves inside homes in case of flooding or freeze ups.
Price really depends on what it entails.
Is it easily accessible?
Is the pipeline under concrete?
A good plumber will have to consider the details before just throwing a price out there so there's no surprizes on cost.

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_94015629

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