Hardin city working out ‘bumps’ to execute rural water hook-up

The foundation for a hut that will enclose a water meter and electronic communications is located several feet inside Hardin’s city limits, which is delaying its connection to rural water. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

The distance between home plate and first base is about all that separates the city of Hardin and Public Water Supply District No. 2 from connecting systems.

But efforts to bring rural water to this community of fewer than 900 people have temporarily been delayed while the organizations try to work out several technical and legal issues.

“We ran into a little obstruction with rural water and now it’s gone back to their board and engineer,” said City Clerk Patty Lam. “This is just a small bump in the many bumps in the road.”

Lam has been been involved in the process since at least January 2010, when Hardin started discussing its options  for replacing its own aging water-treatment system with rural water.

It settled on a plan in which the city would build a structure at its west city limits to house a master water meter and telemetry, an electronic device that communicates when to open and close the flow between the rural water supply and its water tower.

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