Your Water Main Shut Off Valve – Where Is It?

Article by Jasmine

Webmistress The Majickal Garden

I had an incident with a leaky pipe in my garage recently while my man of the house was gone overnight. As soon as I walked in I saw a puddle next to the door on the floor I traced to a dripping pipe under the counter. Immediately the thought popped in my head a dripping pipe could turn into a gusher so I set about dealing with this matter – by myself! My answer was to turn the water off and not take any chances.

Now,  I knew our main shut off valve is in the driveway, off to the side, close to the road covered by a concrete square with a removable lid. I also knew that was where the water company reads our meter. I had never looked under the lid. Other homes might have theirs in a basement or an outside wall in a utility area of the house. These types could have a vertical handle shut off or a knob.

I  understood there was a special tool required to turn off the water and that it looked like a “T”. No idea how large it was but I set about the hunt in the garage for it. My back up plan was in understanding this might possibly be done with a wrench but was hoping for the proper tool. I’d heard that if not done properly a wrench could possibly break the valve. A quick scan of tools hanging on the walls took me to the door where lo and behold it hung proudly on a couple of nails behind some cords and shovels just waiting for me. Credit due to my husband for his foresight for its place! It’s about 25 inches tall made of metal with a single handle running across the top. They can be purchased at hardware stores.

It was around midnight and raining pretty well when I trudged out with my flashlight and proper tool in hand. After lifting the cover I could see the clear domed meter with dials on it. A quick brush of the dirt that had accumulated over the valve exposed it and I was able to easily align the bottom of the metal rod with the U shaped opening and turn it clockwise until it was shut off.

Potential crisis averted! No one wants the damage that a broken pipe can bring but with this knowledge it can be simple to stop it quickly. It pays to be ready and know where your shut off valve is and how to do it. I read that it’s possible that the type we have could have been so long without use that it has become “frozen”. That information would be useful to know before there was an emergency as well as the location of yours. Reports on Study: Statins in Drinking Water?

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 29, 2012

The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study that claims statins, which are anti-cholesterol drugs, may be put in the public water supply.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (, when statins first appeared in pharmacies around the country, they seemed like a miracle drug. Some doctors even suggested that these drugs should be added to drinking water because they appeared to be so effective without the side effects. But, this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health alert requiring statin drugs to carry labels warning about possible side effects, including confusion, memory loss, elevated blood sugar levels, and muscle weakness.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that after the discovery of antibiotics, statinstouted for their cholesterol-busting abilityhave been the best-selling prescription drug in the world. While the article concedes that these drugs have well-documented benefits for heart disease in many groups of patients at moderate and high cardiovascular risk, it cites a recent study that says statins are harmful for those who dont fall into these categories.

The research team that conducted the study is now concerned because some health authorities are currently pushing for the anti-cholesterol drugs to be added to the public water supply, as the article notes. The researchers pointed out that statins have shown that they can actually have a detrimental effect on the health of people without high cholesterol or heart disorders.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports the research team asserts that statins should be prescribed only to those patients with heart disease, or who have suffered the condition in the past. They warn that, unless a patient is at high risk of heart attack or stroke, statins may cause more harm than good.

The article notes the allure of taking statins is that it allows people to eat fatty foods they want without having to worry about high cholesterol levels, and consequently, their heart health. The FDA having weighed in on the issue, its likely that statins wont be added to drinking water anytime soonwhich is just as well.

Avoid prescription side effects like memory loss and elevated blood sugar levels that could lead to type 2 diabetes, opting for a healthy diet instead, suggests the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article. Keeping LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in check with healing foods is definitely the way to go.

(SOURCE: Ginter, E., et al., “Addition of statins into the public water supply? Risks of side effects and low cholesterol levels,” Cas Lek Cesk, 2012; 151(5): 24327.)

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