(Riverton, Wyo.) – A water shut off on North 8th West Saturday that was supposed to take about six hours, took nearly twice that long, acting Public Works Director Dawn Willhelm said.

A crew from Viper Underground was contracted to replace a defective valve on a water line serving the North Pointe neighborhood. What they ran into was a concrete encasement that required a jackhammer to break up.

A new valve was installed in the water line, which would help increase water pressure in the neighborhood.

The water was turned off at 9 a.m. Saturday and didn’t come back on line until nearly 9 p.m. that evening for the area between Jackson Street and West Sunset along North 8th West.

The streets department is now planning to fix the street next to the Jackson School where the defective valve was replaced. Until then, drivers are urged to use caution on that stretch of street.

A pump disgorged water from the working space where two men were replacing a defective valve on a city water line along North 8th West on Saturday. (Ernie Over photo)

A pump disgorged water from the working space where two men were replacing a defective valve on a city water line along North 8th West on Saturday. (Ernie Over photo)