Recently, I bought a distressed property which then was vandalized (having much of its plumbing and electrical wiring stolen and/or damaged). As of now part of the plumbing is working (other parts ball valves were installed), and everything new is going to be pex with some copper. But I am having some issues with the yoke (support whereon the water meter is installed), according to the utility company it is a 5/8 inches yoke. Previously the house was vacant and the water was turned off. Once I requested to have water turned on again, the utility worker came over turn the water on at the street and then installed the meter on the yoke (the utility worker then indicated that everything was ok and there was no leakage). I returned to the house and found a small but steady stream leaking from the yoke valve. I was told by the utility comp that I would have to buy a new yoke, but I was wondering if just replacing the valve washers would not work (it is a typical sympton of bad washer: if I turn the valve on to a certain point it starts to leak much more, closing the valve to a certain extent will then dramatically reduce the leakage). Below is a pic of the yoke+meter (under the water damaged kitchen sink): (image is upside at a 90 angle) I never dealt with yokes before, and having to call the utility simply to have the water turned on and off at the street is huge hassle. Any insight would be appreciated.