How Things Work
How to - Turn Off Your Water
In the event of a burst water heater or a broken
pipe, it's important that the water be turned off immediately to
For the townhomes, the shut-off valve for your main water is located outside of your unit to the left or right of your garage door. The shut-off valve for your water heater only is located in your garage, over the water heater.
Above left - Main water shut-off outside. Above right - Water heater shut-off only.
Above - The closest blue lever turns off the water to only your water heater. The harder to reach blue lever, circled in red, turns off all of the water in your unit including the water heater.
However, if no one is in the unit, the next best option is to turn off the water to the entire building.
Above - Signs have been installed at one end or the other of each condo building indicating the location of that building's water shut off valve
Above - Turn the red lever clockwise 90 degrees to turn the water off for the entire building.
Note 1: While there are no signs at the apartments that indicate
the location of the builing water shut off valve, the locations,
appearance, and procedures for turning off the apartments building
water are the same as for the condos.
Note 3: If the flooding is due to a broken sprinkler head, neither of the above approaches will stop the flow of water since the fire control water is on a separate supply that only the fire department can turn off. But if this is the case, you will know because the fire alarms will be sounding in your building, whether there is a fire or not, and the fire department will be notified automatically. Still, if the alarms are going off, call 911 just to be sure the alarm has been received.