Basically the title says it all.
I turned the water for the house off to replace some leaking washing machine shutoff valves, and install stop-cock valves for a laundry sink. When I tried to turn the water back on, it came on a little bit, but now the valve-handle just spins without affecting the flow.
The main shut-off valve for the house is an old gate-valve, which I gather from reading here fail on a fairly regular basis (I'm going to stick a ball-valve in as a replacement).
I can replace the valve easily enough, but how do I go about turning off the water, since I need to replace the valve that I would normally use to shutoff the water to replace a valve.
Is there normally a second cutoff valve in with the water meter, or am I stuck having to call the water utility company?
This is at my parents house, which is ~1 hour drive away. I would just go digging around in the water-meter enclosure otherwise.
FWIW, this is in California, USA