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Full water service expected by Friday in Shoshoni; school remains closed

Feb 13, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk Staff Writer

Officials in Shoshoni say full water service should be restored to the town by Friday.

A leak on Tuesday affected pressure in the local line, but Mayor Scott Peters said the main was fixed by Thursday morning. He won't be able to restore service until a water sample has undergone routine testing, however.

"When results are back, within 24 hours, we'll have the line back up," he said.

Peters added that in-house tests showed the water is clean.

"But we have to get the official (word)," he said. "It's a requirement. ... Every town has to deal with this."

The town never lost total water service as a result of the break. Peters said maintenance employees caught the leak right away on Tuesday and quickly started diverting water from a well instead of using the city's holding tank.

"Nobody ever went without water," he said. "The pressure went down -- that was the issue we ran into."

With water pressure down to 40-45 pounds per square inch, Peters said he asked residents to conserve water this week, and officials at Fremont County School District 24 in Shoshoni decided to close school through Friday.

"If everybody starts using the water, (the pressure) will drop," he said. "The water would never go off, but they might not have it in the house."

He commended the community and his staff for reacting responsibly to the problem.

"We handled it and got it back up and going fairly fast," Peters said.

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