After years and years of being in the ground with no protection from dirt and water, the valves of the watermain in the area have experienced a little wear and tear. We are going through and replacing each valve and placing it in a valve vault. A valve vault is just that: a large structure that houses the valve, making it easier for the Water Department to maintain, and helping protect the valve from erosion. This picture shows a new valve at the corner of Center Street and Cherry Street. The reason the water has to be shut off is because we literally have to cut the main in order to replace the valve.